About us

About Us

Safe Network operates the largest community-based specialist clinical assessment and intervention service in New Zealand for those with concerning and harmful sexual behaviour.

It works with children who have problematic or concerning sexual behaviours, assisting them to learn to express themselves in healthier ways. Safe also specialises in work with adults and adolescents to address their harmful sexual behaviour, particularly towards children.

Safe is a not-for-profit provider and is primarily funded by Child, Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Corrections. Safe also relies on support from various trusts, grants and individuals within the community to continue its work towards a safer community for one and all.

Our vision

Our vision is to reduce the incidence and effects of concerning, problematic and harmful sexual behaviour in New Zealand, particularly towards or involving children and young persons.

Our mission

Our mission is to be the leading provider of services to people with concerning, problematic and harmful sexual behaviour in the upper North Island.

Our values

TIKA: We act with honesty and integrity in all of our relationships – with our clients, ourselves, and each other.

PONO: We believe in what we do; in our clients and their ability to change; in ourselves and in each other.

AROHA: We care that children and young people are abused.

We care that our clients hurt not only these children and young people but also their whanau and themselves through their behaviours.

We have compassion for those who are working to address their harmful sexual behaviour.

INTEGRITY: Everything we do is done with the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and trustworthiness. We place the highest emphasis on ethical standards of conduct.

COLLABORATION: We value collaboration, both internally and externally. We promote open communication as a critical means of achieving collaboration.

RESPECT: We treat all individuals, groups and organisations we interact with understanding and courtesy, and in a manner that demonstrates recognition of their concerns. This applies to both internal and external relationships.

Respect includes empathy for the personal, social and cultural needs of all clients and client groups. We are a people-centred organisation.

Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Safe acknowledges the Treaty of Waitangi as an agreement which establishes a partnership relationship between Māori and tauiwi in New Zealand.  The policies and practices of our clinical treatment services seek to reflect this.  At Safe, this means that:

  • Māori clients and staff are treated in ways which are culturally safe and respectful
  • We are committed to try, wherever possible, to have Māori clients and families seen by Māori staff
  • We work towards encouraging the development of appropriate treatment services for Māori, both within and outside of Safe
  • Maori staff are encouraged and assisted through training and supervision to develop models of practice reflecting tikanga Māori
  • In all of our relationships with Māori people and organisations we will seek to preserve their self-determination and autonomy.

Our commitment to confidentiality

At Safe the nature of our work requires us to discuss sensitive issues. We have a commitment to confidentiality and we value your privacy.

We have rules and procedures to protect sensitive information about you, your family/whanau or your child being given to anyone who does not have a right to such information.

When we need to contact anyone to give or receive information about you we will explain this to you and ask for your permission in writing before we proceed.

There are three exceptions to our confidentiality policy when a person’s safety and wellbeing is at risk.


  1. When the safety of another person is at risk – such as if an adolescent or child attending the service was having unsupervised access to a younger child

  2. When the welfare of an adolescent or child is at risk – for example if we are told about a child who has been abused and that child has not had the help they might need as others are not aware of the abuse

  3. When there is a risk of suicide or violence towards someone else.

Should you have any concerns regarding this policy you are welcome to discuss them with us on 09 377 98 98 or review Safe Network’s Child Protection Policy here.