What we do

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.