Safekids has great plans for the next few years and we would like to invite you to participate and be part of them. We are honoured to partner with dozens of organisations in Aotearoa to advance our shared mission: to reduce the incidence and severity of unintentional injuries to children aged 0 to 14 years. We are committed to developing impactful injury prevention programmes, providing meaningful communication tools and advocating for changes in legislation where necessary.
Safekids wants to work closer to you and to help more this year. For that to happen, we are asking all members of the network to operate under a simple coalition agreement. If you are part of an existing Safekids Coalition, or you want to set one up, or become a member of one, please contact us. We’re happy to give you more information and explain our plans.
What is a coalition?*
A coalition is a union of people and organisations working to influence outcomes on a specific problem. Coalitions are useful for accomplishing a broad range of goals that reach beyond the capacity of any individual member organisation. These goals range from information sharing to coordination of services, from community education to advocacy for major environmental or policy (regulatory) changes.
How does it work?
Safekids Aotearoa and the lead organisation (coalition host) sign a Memorandum of Understanding about the basics of the relationship.
Support Safekids provides to the coalitions:
- Resources and support to develop child injury prevention activities.
- When possible, site visits and training sessions about the current campaign.
- SAFEKIDS logo to be used by the Coalition.
Ideas for Coalition activities:
- Build a local community coalition with the mission of reducing the incidence and severity of unintentional injuries to children aged 0 to 14 years.
- Meet regularly with the Coalition and develop a plan.
- Participate in Safekids training and promote Safekids’ campaigns.
- Report to Safekids annually.
* Cohen L, Baer N, Satterwhite P. (2002). Developing effective coalitions: an eight step guide. In: Wurzbach, M.E. (ed). Community Health Education & Promotion: A Guide to Program Design and Evaluation. 2nd ed. Gaithersburg, MD: Aspen Publishers Inc. p. 144-161.