From community advocates to national leaders: How a passionate team transformed Child Protection Training in Aotearoa New Zealand
How Safeguarding Children came to be
Born from a profound need for child protection training in Aotearoa New Zealand, Safeguarding Children emerged in 2011 as the brainchild of three community nurses and a detective from Nelson’s local child protection team.
With extensive frontline expertise in child protection and violence prevention, they identified lack of training as a significant barrier to protecting children and a contributing factor to Aotearoa New Zealand’s alarming child abuse and neglect records.
Recognising the crucial role of community engagement in addressing this issue, they established Safeguarding Children as a registered charity, backed by a dedicated Board and funded through philanthropic trusts. Balancing this noble initiative alongside their demanding day jobs, they managed to garner support from like-minded individuals and organisations.
Where Safeguarding Children is now
By 2014, the demand for Safeguarding Children services had grown so much that they needed to appoint a dedicated team member to carry forward their mission. Safeguarding Children is a well-established and respected charity, continuing its work through fee-paying services, grants, and donations, and employing team members locally in Nelson and throughout New Zealand. We thrive on collaborations and partnerships to create transformative change.
At the heart of Safeguarding Children’s success is our practical approach to this emotionally charged subject. Our services and training are delivered by passionate experts in child safeguarding, turning our collective empathy into tangible action.