Professional services

Our approach to achieving a safe & healthy lifestyle

At Safe Network, we work with people who have problematic or concerning sexual behaviours, assisting them to learn to express themselves in healthier ways.

Our goal is to have a safe community for our children – we work not only to stop individuals’ harmful sexual behaviour, but ultimately to keep future generations safe too.

For almost two decades, our team has been providing specialised treatment services to those with harmful sexual behaviour and their family and whanau, as well as education and prevention services to the wider New Zealand community through our education and training services.

By offering services to address problematic or harmful sexual behaviour, Safe Network is helping people to come to terms with their behaviour and learn ways to prevent the harmful sexual behaviour from reoccurring. Providing a safe environment allows us to talk through these problems and address any concerns of the person or their family,

Identifying, addressing and working to prevent these problems create a safer environment for the client, their family and friends and the wider community.

Introduction to Safe Network clinical services fact sheet

MAKE A REFERRAL to Safe Network

If you are a counsellor, social worker, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or another helping professional you can call Safe Network on 09 377 9898.

Ask to speak with one of our clinical team leaders to arrange next steps for your client, including ascertaining whether your client is eligible for community funded or self-funded treatment.

Early intervention services referral form

Youth services referral form

Adult services referral form

Referral pathway

At Safe Network we want to make sure you get the help you need. It is important to assess whether Safe is the right place to provide that help. We conduct an assessment to find out about the individual, their history and the sexual behaviour that has brought them to Safe. Their strengths and resources will be assessed, as well as their problems.

Family members and partners are part of the assessment process. The effects of the concerning or harmful sexual behaviour, the safety of others and the needs of the family are all important factors for consideration.

Although assessment processes across the service areas may have aspects unique to the focus of that client group, all assessments are likely to involve the following:

  • Up to four interviews with the individual and their significant family members or support person(s)
  • Collection of information and reports from other agencies or professionals who are involved e.g. CYF, Police, counsellors
  • Completion of written questionnaires and psychological tests by the client and their adult family member or other support person(s).

Once the interviews and tests are completed, a detailed report is prepared. This will make recommendations about the person’s suitability for acceptance into Safe’s care. A copy of this report, including recommendations about the next steps, will be sent to the referring agency or person.

If an individual is accepted into Safe’s care, they will be allocated to a suitable clinician to undertake the intervention. Individuals are offered a tailored pathway within a suitable service that could range from 6-18 months’ duration. Each service includes all or some of the following:

  • Weekly group sessions
  • Weekly one-to-one appointments as required
  • Monthly family sessions
  • Annual intensive group therapy intervention of three days’ duration.


Safe Network is committed to support research in those areas relevant to the work of the Agency. Consideration of any research proposal will take into account its relevance to the work of Safe Network, its client base and the wider Harmful Sexual Abuse (HSB) and social services sector, and its impacts on Safe Network’s resources including staff time and incidental costs.

Please complete the following research form and attach any relevant supporting documents.

Expected outcomes

Our goal is to work with you to ensure you are able to lead a safe and healthy life.

This means that when you leave Safe’s care, we expect that you:

  • Do not commit further offenses of any kind
  • Take full responsibility for your offending behaviour
  • Gain acceptance as a safe, responsible member of your family and whānau
  • Are able to have safe intimate relationships with others
  • Have created a safe and healthy lifestyle

Research indicates that around 95% of adults1 and 98% of adolescents2 with sexually harmful behaviour who complete one of Safe’s services will not engage in any further harmful sexual behaviour.

  1. Community Solutions for the Community’s Problem: An outcome evaluation of three New Zealand community child sex offender treatment programmes, by Ian Lambie and Malcolm Stewart, 2003
  2. Getting it Right: An evaluation of New Zealand community treatment programmes for adolescents who sexually offend.  Ka pu e ruha, ka hao te rangatahi, by Ian Lambie, 2007.


Safe Network fact sheets

Introduction to Safe Network clinical services

Early Intervention fact sheet

Youth Services fact sheet

Adult Services fact sheet

Women and girls fact sheet

Education, consultation & professional development training

Professional education training packages

Safe Network provides specialist training for both public and private organisations who want to ensure that they and their staff are fully informed of the dynamics of sexually problematic or harmful behaviours. Organisations we work with include educational and tertiary institutions, care and protection agencies, survivor agencies, not-for-profit groups, churches, and sporting organisations amongst others.

If you would like to know more about how we might assist you, and/or the packages we provide please either download our education and professional development request form  email us on or call us on 09 377 9898 to discuss your requirements.

Professional supervision

Safe Network provides clinical supervision to other professionals and organisations that may need to manage adults, and youth with sexually harmful behaviour and children displaying sexually problematic behaviour.

Professionals include psychotherapists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, social workers, church groups, alcohol and drug services, student counsellors and many others. For a more detailed discussion of your needs, and to hear how SAFE Network might assist you please email

Case consultation

Safe Network provides specialist case consultations to other professionals in order to assist them to determine the most appropriate course of action for any client prior to referral to Safe for a clinical assessment.

To arrange an initial discussion as to how a specialist case consultation might be useful in supporting your clinical decision making process please email A specialist clinician will contact you within 48 hours to discuss your needs.


At Safe we take pride in the skills and abilities of our people. Should you wish to be considered for future employment opportunities at Safe, please email your CV and a covering letter detailing why you would like to work with us to

Your information will be held in a secure file and we will contact you should a position suitable become available.

Useful links

A resource for those affected by harmful sexual behaviour

The Harbour is a place of safety and healing to help you navigate through your experience. The Harbour houses anchor points of information, advice and guidance to help you reset your course. The Harbour is a beacon of hope proving that your experience does not define who you will be.

Other specialist treatment services

Safe Network works with many other service providers to ensure that you and your family/whanau receive the best possible care and treatment on your journey toward a life free from sexually harmful behaviour including:

WellStop is a community based, non-profit organisation based in Wellington, Palmerston North, Napier and Gisborne that is independent of government agencies. It has been operating since 1993 and is based on successful principles developed in New Zealand and other countries.

The Christchurch-based STOP Treatment Programme can be contacted by phone on 03 374 5010.

Kia Marama was established in 1989 as New Zealand’s first specialist prison treatment programme for child sex offenders.

The Te Piriti Special Treatment unit, based at Auckland Prison, is a 60 bed special treatment unit for child sex offenders.

Community based services

Auckland Sexual Abuse HELP is a community-counselling agency in Mount Eden offering support and therapy for women, young adult women and children who have experienced sexual assault. They provide a 24-hour crisis support and advocacy service; a confidential telephone information, referral and counselling service; in person counselling services; and prevention programme for pre-schoolers in the Auckland area.

Barnardos works within the community to provide a range of care, education and support services for children and their families. As a not-for-profit organisation Barnardos is dedicated to ensuring all New Zealand children and families have access to services that are appropriate to their needs.

NetSafe, the programme of New Zealand's Internet Safety Group (ISG), is cyber safety education for all New Zealanders - children, parents, schools, community organisations and businesses.  The ISG has been designated the Ministry of Education's 'agent of choice' for cyber safety education in New Zealand. 

Rape Prevention Education is a part of Whakatu Mauri/Rape Crisis Auckland. Rape Prevention Education works to support survivors of sexual violence and their whanau. Another of our objectives is to eliminate rape and sexual abuse through education and community work.  Rape Prevention Education offers support to male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse. We offer a phone service offering crisis intervention, support and a referral service to callers.

ACC offers a national directory of clinicians registered to work with sexual abuse survivors under ACC funding regulations.

Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse offers one to one, peer and group support for male survivors, their parents, partners and families.

Professional bodies

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
The Australian and New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse
The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers (UK)
Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Inc. (ANZASW)
The New Zealand Psychological Society
NZ Association of Counsellors

Māori health organisations

Te Puna Oranga (Māori Health)
Kia Ora Hauora
Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
He Oranga Pounamu

Government organisations

Child, Youth and Family is focused on promoting the well-being and safety of children and supporting positive parenting. Child, Youth and Family are a service of the Ministry of Social Development, and are part of a network of agencies aiming to build an environment where child abuse is not tolerated.

The Department of Corrections manages offenders on sentences and orders imposed by Courts and the Parole Board. Corrections contributes to safer communities by protecting the public and reducing re-offending.

The Ministry of Health supports treatment for intellectually disabled individuals with sexually problematic and/or sexually harmful behaviour under the auspices of the Disability Support Services (DSS). Many of the services DSS funds are accessed through a Needs Assessment and Service Co-ordination (NASC) service. NASCs are organisations contracted to the DSS, which work with disabled people to help identify their needs and to outline what disability support services are available. They allocate Ministry-funded support services and assist with accessing other supports. 

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