ICCWA as a Supporting Organisation for Safe Communities
ICCWA support other community groups and government departments to build their own capacity to respond to and prevent serious injury. Support roles include networking; community engagement; priority identification; data collection, analysis and dissemination; research; provision of information and best practice models for prevention; project mapping, coordination and implementation; media involvement and advocacy around specific community safety and injury prevention concerns.
ICCWA has extensive experience in community engagement. ICCWA can help communities to engage and contact stakeholders in various areas of community safety promotion and injury prevention across the local, state, national and international levels. Furthermore, ICCWA can assist communities to access key contacts and information regarding a broad range of injury issues, various at risk population groups and best practice models for prevention.
Through active involvement with Australian Safe Communities Foundation, ICCWA have established partnerships with multiple Safe Community Support Centres across the globe, including the New Zealand Safe Communities Foundation. As part of the ASCF networks, ICCWA also have contacts from individual Safe Communities across Australia and New Zealand. ICCWA’s international and national reputation also engages many other peak organizations in injury prevention and community safety fields.
Statewide networks across WA such as Community Safety Net, WACAN, Stay on Your Feet WA, the Building Resilience project in the South West (suicide prevention) include representation from all levels of government, regional and rurally located organisations, and various stakeholder groups across injury prevention and community safety promotion. For example, these include stakeholders across crime prevention, road safety, drug and alcohol related harm, falls prevention, suicide and self-harm prevention, safety in the home, safety in the work place, at schools and in public places, safety in youth, safety in seniors, safety across culturally and linguistically diverse populations, aboriginal communities and many more at risk groups across the community.
Some specific examples of how ICCWA may provide assistance include:
- Facilitate sustainable partnerships
- Injury Surveillance data collections
- Information and referral service to data and research
- Community member participation and engagement
- Dissemination of research findings and resources
- Development of coordinated and targeted interventions and initiatives
- Advocacy and working with the media training packages
- Provision of tools, guides and similar resources, to coordinate partnerships, establish terms of reference, map projects and undertake advocacy roles.