PW 1337 Examples of good practice from international safe communities

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Abstract

Examples of good practice from International Safe Communities Background The International Safe Community Certifying Centre (ISCCC) developed a system of peer review against seven indicators of international best practice in community-based injury prevention and safety promotion to increase the effectiveness of member communities. Since inception over 400 communities, with a footprint of over 100 million people, have achieved designation in accordance with these indicators. Objectives Designated Safe Communities are model community’s others can emulate as they begin their programs. The ISCCC is developing a database of examples of good practice identified by its certifiers during site visits. Examples of good practice This presentation will cover three important aspects of good practice in community-based safety promotion: 1. Formalisation of injury prevention and safety promotion in local government policy, standards and by-laws: Embedding a culture of safety in community social expectations and governance processes promotes three critical aspects of effective community-based programs, safe behaviour, environments and enforcement. (the 3E’s) 2. Democratic processes and community engagement: Citizens can take control of their own destiny by influencing public opinion, participating in advocacy groups and contributing to local social and democratic processes. Participation is a learning process that increases knowledge, thereby promoting mutual understanding, increased responsibility, and ultimately better local democracy 3. Economic incentives: Economic incentives are an effective strategy to promote good practice and empower communities to develop local programs Outcomes By making examples of good practice readily available on the ISCCC website it is hoped good practice will be further promoted among member communities and communities in preparation.

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