The launch event SaferSpaces - Supporting an Integrated Approach Towards Preventing Violence will be taking place on 29 June 2017 from 9:30am - 2:30pm at the Holiday Inn Express Pretoria Sunny Park, Cnr Jeppe & Trevenna Street, Pretoria.
This launch marks the beginning of a new chapter for SaferSpaces, under the management of the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service (CSPS) and the guidance of an Advisory Group. SaferSpaces is envisioned to serve as a key support mechanism for the implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security, which advocates an integrated approach towards violence and crime prevention informed by a sound knowledge base and active community participation. The objectives of the event are to:
- Officially announce and launch the new SaferSpaces management by the CSPS 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 in relation to violence and crime prevention in South Africa;
- Foster a solid, cross-sectoral network of 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.
The launch event is targeted towards practitioners and academics from government, civil society, academia, research institutions and the private sector who are involved in the prevention of violence and crime in South Africa.
For those interested in attending, please contact Masibulele Yaso at Masibulele.Yaso@csp.gov.za.
SaferSpaces is an online knowledge sharing and networking portal for community safety and violence and crime prevention practitioners from government, civil society and the research community in South Africa. The portal focuses on long-term, sustainable violence and crime prevention interventions. It also aims to serve as a resource for all South Africans seeking to better understand, prevent and respond to the violence which they are continuously faced with. 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 2016 National White Paper on Safety and Security
In May 2017, the CSPS assumed the responsibility for managing SaferSpaces with the support and guidance of a cross-sectoral Advisory Group. As highlighted earlier, SaferSpaces aims to serve as a support mechanism for the implementation of the 2016 White Paper on Safety and Security. The purpose of this 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.
The White Paper emphasizes the need for evidenced-based strategies and interventions, which are informed by a broad, multidisciplinary foundation of knowledge on crime and violence, including the multiple risk factors for crime and violence as well as promising and best practice interventions. 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
SaferSpaces depends on contributions and commitments from government and civil society organisations that are leading South Africa’s safety agenda and have a strong practical and/or academic knowledge of violence and crime prevention. The SaferSpaces Advisory Group is a core group of government departments and non-governmental institutions that are committed to strategically promote, contribute to and guide SaferSpaces. The University of Cape Town’s Institute for Safety Governance and Criminology (SafGo) supports the CSPS in managing the site. Technical and financial support is provided by VCP, through GIZ and partners.