International Safe Communities – a WHO initiative
The Victorian Safe Communities Network Inc. (VSCN) is an independent membership based incorporated association of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers from diverse sectors working in community safety.
The VSCN is Victoria’s leading network of allied agencies working together to promote and deliver safety. VSCN was established to make Victoria a safer, more resilient place by providing safety promotion and injury prevention professionals with the tools, resources and support they need to minimize the impact of unintentional injury, crime, violence and emergency situations.
It was established to give community safety professionals a forum for support and learning when Victoria’s first municipalities were internationally designated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion in 1996.
The VSCN’s role is to support government, business and community to promote safety strategies which aim to minimise the impact of unintentional injury, crime, violence and emergency situations for all Victorians.
The network approaches community safety within the guiding principles of seven international safe communities’ criteria including healthy public policy, community participation and inter-sectoral collaboration.
An eight member elected Executive Committee, supported by a Secretariat, manages the VSCN.