The Pan Pacific Safe Community Network (PPSCN) has been established by representatives from four countries (New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada) that have for the past 20 years or more been involved in the International Safe Communities Network (ISCN) as well as local Safe Community networks as Designated Safe Communities, Affiliate or Certifying Centres. Collectively there are around 106 designated (national/regional/international) Safe Communities in New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada. There are also 40 additional communities in the pipeline at different stages of community and/or application development for designation as Safe Communities.
The PPSCN builds on the collective expertise of these communities and the affiliate and certifying centres that support their safe communities’ efforts. While the Pan Pacific Safe Community Network is being established by four countries, other countries that geographically border the Pacific Ocean and who are not already part of an existing Safe Community network are invited to join the network (e.g. Pacific Islands). The only requirement is that they must either have a minimum of one designated Safe Community and/or one community showing interest in Safe Community designation. Organizations and/or communities may at any time opt out. It is hoped that all associated organizations and communities will find value in being a member of the network; however, participation in the PPSCN is not mandatory.
Inaugural Membership comprises of the following:
- All Designated (national/regional/international) Safe Communities in New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada
- Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand
- National Safety Council/Safe Communities America
- Australian Safe Communities Foundation
- Safe Communities Canada
- Any other not-for-profit group geographically located within one of the four founding countries that have a significant role in supporting Safe Communities (ie Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne Safety Centre, University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Centre).
(NB as other countries come on board membership will be open to groups within their countries).
Affiliate Membership (non-voting) is also open to all pending Safe Communities in the Pan Pacific region who have submitted letters of intent to achieve Safe Community designation to one of the Certifying Centres.
Membership of the PPSCN is at the Community/Organizational level rather than at the individual level.
Coordination of PPSCN
In order to ensure that the PPSCN is an inclusive and meaningful entity to its members, it is important to create an organizing structure that will help launch its activities. Therefore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand, National Safety Council/Safe Communities America, Australian Safe Communities Foundation and Safe Communities Canada was developed and inaugural Co-Chairs and a Coordinating Committee identified.
The four inaugural co-chairs for the PPSCN are: Dr Carolyn Coggan (New Zealand), Donna Stein-Harris (United States of America), Kim Tolotta (Australia) and Ron Waldie (Canada).
As outlined in the MoU, during 2011/12, the inaugural Coordinating Committee is to comprise of the above co-chairs and three further representatives from each of the founding countries, a total of 16 coordinating committee members. It was agreed that the ISC Certifying Centres in New Zealand, United States of America, Australia and Canada would be responsible for the appointment of these inaugural coordinating committee members. It was also agreed that, at least one of these members from each country should be active representatives from designated Safe Communities.
Roles and operational responsibilities and performance expectations are expressed in the Service Level Agreements that form part of the MoU. However, the Coordinating Committee is responsible for the development of all other decision making processes, policies, operations and guidelines for new and existing practices in keeping with the mission, vision and principles of transparency, accountability, appropriate representation and fairness. As outlined in the MoU, it is the responsibility of the Coordinating Committee to ensure that the PPSCN operates effectively and with integrity. Further specific directions guiding its mandate and accountabilities will evolve in time.
At the end of a two-year period, this organizing structure will be evaluated and adjustments will be made to ensure the long-term sustainability of the PPSCN.