Safe Community Support Centres

Organisations/universities can be appointed as a Safe Community Support Centre by supporting the International Safe Community Certifying Centre in the development of the Safe Community Program and providing education, support, advice and assistance in the field of injury prevention and safety promotion to the communities in their country and internationally.

Those organisations/universities who want to apply appointment, as a Safe Community Support Centre including “designation” should follow the following procedure:

1) An application describing the activities under each of the ten indicators for an Affiliate Centre must be submitted as a Pdf-file; under the following title:
“Application for Designation as an Safe Community Support Centre"

2) Text for web page of the International Safe Community Certifying Centre

3) The applying organisations/university covers all costs related to the “Site Visit”, designation plus the Application Administration fee of 770 EUR. (The fee will be billed before the designation)

4) Specifications for flags and plaque will be sent to the contact person

5) An agreement is signed between the organisations/university and the International Safe Community Certifying Centre, Agreement attached

Indicators for Safe Community Support Centre

A Centre applying for this designation is seeking:

  • To publicly affirm its commitment to supporting safe community initiatives;
  • To contribute to knowledge development at the international level through the Safe Community Network
  • Acknowledgement for its given area of expertise

 

Indicators that must be fullfiled

Any Centre or organization seeking a Safe Community Support Centre status must have a documented record of commitment and expertise in the field (minimum 3 years). It should also be noted that applicants submitting a proposal are expected to describe and define the “communities” they serve in the context of own environment. No universal definition is implied by the use of the word “community” within the criteria. Applicants must meet the following indicators.

 

1) The provision of Centre programs and services utilize multidisciplinary and cross-sectorial approaches.

Rationale:

  • Supports mobilization efforts necessary for action at the community level by modelling collaborative approaches
  • Strengthens and creates opportunities needed to build on the science and practice of injury prevention and community safety
  • Supports a comprehensive or systems approach to address injury problems

 

2) The Centre provides a framework for promoting collective action, which includes involvement with community networks.


Rationale:

  • Supports local communities and organizations to implement action at the local level
  • Supports targeted activities that address priority injury and safety problems
  • Nurtures focused attention on issues through focused community networks

 

3) The Centre provides consultative support to communities in the establishment of Safe Community initiatives.

Rationale:

  • Promotes the understanding and adoption of the Safe Community Model as a recognized colleague of the Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion, an initiative of the World Health Organization

 

4) The Centre facilitates and supports community-based strategic planning processes.

Rationale:

  • Promotes the use and sharing of high quality information and data to guide community based action
  • Supports the development and use of evaluation strategies
  • Promotes the documentation of community-based efforts

 

5) The Centre demonstrates leadership and stewardship in addressing priority injury issues, high risk, and vulnerable groups.


Rationale:

  • Advocates for action based on the Centre’s knowledge of; the injury problem, at risk population, latest research findings and intervention strategies
  • Works with high risk and vulnerable groups to create opportunities for action


6) The Centre provides expert services and knowledge in the area of injury data and injury surveillance issues.

Rationale:

  • Provides community-based initiatives support to access baseline data required to plan program initiatives
  • Provides expert guidance in the documentation and monitoring of injuries and causes of injury

 

7) The Centre demonstrates a long-term commitment to supporting Safe Communities and the Safe Community Network within their organizations strategic plan.

Rationale:

  • Ensures a sustainable resource to Safe Communities in their efforts
  • Ensures a strong learning partnership within the Safe Community Network

8) The Centre supports those responsible at the community level to utilize appropriate indicators to evaluate community processes, effects of change and injury rates.

Rationale:

  • Supports the development of evaluation mechanisms at the community level to facilitate program management and delivery
  • Nurture community leadership and interagency collaboration through self evaluation
  • Promotes the capability of communities to act on their interests while promoting the use of a scientific approach

 

9) The Centre disseminates their experiences both at national and international levels.

Rationale:

  • Contributes to a body of knowledge of the Safe Community Model within national and international Safe Community networks and others working within the field of community safety

 

10) The Centre reports on their safe community activities and research efforts.

Rationale:

  • Supports accessible and systematic dissemination of knowledge and experience.


Version: 1996

 

The Safe Community logo will be sent as a file and can be used after the designation.

The application report and file for web page shall be sent to:
Guldbrand Skjönberg e-mail