Please note that the date for the launch has been postponed to 29 June 2017
This launch event marks the beginning of a new chapter for SaferSpaces; under the management of the CSPS and the guidance of the Advisory Group as a central online portal that will inform and support the implementation of the integrated, knowledge-based approach to violence and crime prevention advocated by the White Paper on Safety and Security. The objectives of the event are to:
- Officially announce and launch the new SaferSpaces management by the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service as well as the cross-sectoral Advisory Group;
- Raise awareness about the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security and the role of SaferSpaces in supporting its integrated, knowledge-based approach to violence and crime prevention;
- Mobilise practitioners to take advantage of SaferSpaces for sharing knowledge and networking on violence and crime prevention in South Africa;
- Foster a solid network of cross-sectoral practitioners in the field of community safety and violence and crime prevention in South Africa; and share ideas and best practices with regards to community safety as well as violence and crime prevention – with a view to possible replication.
Therefore the launch event is targeted towards practitioners and academics from government, civil society, academia, research institutions and private sector who are involved in the prevention of violence and crime in South Africa.
Please indicate your availability to Masibulele Yaso via e-mail at Masibulele.Yaso@csp.gov.za
The SaferSpaces online portal is a knowledge hub and networking space for community safety and violence prevention practitioners from government, civil society and the research community in South Africa. It was first launched in 2014 by the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP), a joint South African-German initiative implemented by GIZ and its South African partners as part of German Development Cooperation with South Africa.
New Management and Support to the White Paper on Safety and Security
The responsibility for managing SaferSpaces is being assumed by the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS) by May 2017 as a support mechanism to the implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security. The purpose of the revised policy is to promote an integrated, holistic approach to safety and security, and to provide substance and direction to achieving the National Development Plan’s objectives of Building Safer Communities.
Furthermore, the White Paper notes that strategies and interventions must be evidenced-based and informed by a broad, multidisciplinary foundation of knowledge about crime problems, their multiple causes and promising and proven practices. The White Paper therefore advocates a knowledge-based approach which emphasises that:
Interventions and programmes employed must be based on demonstrated and proven results. The availability of data is a critical component of planning and evaluating strategies and interventions. The collection of reliable data to inform evidence-based interventions is an essential component of … crime and violence prevention.
It is against this backdrop that SaferSpaces aims to grow into a dynamic online hub and catalyst for cross-sectoral collecting and sharing of reliable and proven knowledge and data within government and between civil society actors.
Cross-sectoral Advisory Group
To realise its aim of facilitating knowledge sharing and networking across a broad range of sectors, topics and actors related to violence and crime prevention in South Africa, SaferSpaces depends on contributions and commitments from government and civil society organisations that are in the lead of South Africa’s safety agenda and have a strong practical and/or academic knowledge of violence and crime prevention.
For this reason, an Advisory Group has been established as a core group of government departments and non-governmental institutions that commit to strategically inform and guide SaferSpaces while supporting the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service in managing the site.