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About us

we reduce the incidence and effects of concerning, problematic and harmful sexual behaviour in New Zealand...

we are focused on delivering the best evidence-based clinical services that build confidence, create hope and develop trust, resulting in better balanced, healthy lives for all

The best evidence-based clinical services that build confidence, create hope and develop trust

We are a not-for-profit trust who is primarily funded by Oranga Tamariki, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Health and the Department of Corrections. We are the largest of three community-based specialist clinical assessment and intervention services in New Zealand and have been successfully providing therapeutic, education, and prevention services to the upper North Island for over 25 years.

Our goal is to work together to address the factors that led to this behaviour and the impact on others, creating positive outcomes that lead to a safer environment for the person involved in our service, their family and friends, and the wider community.

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

We also offer training and education, professional consultations, and a range of other related fee-for-service work.

We are focused on delivering the best evidence-based clinical services that build confidence, create hope and develop trust, resulting in better balanced, healthy lives for all.

te ti'aturi, te ti'aturi, te ti'aturi

hope, trust, confidence

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. Focused on delivering the best evidence-based clinical services that build confidence, create hope and develop trust resulting in better balanced, healthy lives for all.

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

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

holding hope for change...
is where our work starts

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

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.

te whakarereke i nga oranga me te pai

making change for good

Our commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi

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

  • Māori clients and staff are treated in ways which are culturally inclusive, 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 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 Network 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 gain 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.

We also offer training and education, professional consultations and a range of other related fee-for-serivce work.

There are exceptions to confidentiality under our policy where we cannot guarantee confidentiality for reasons of practicality and personal safety, in the following circumstances:

  • 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
  • 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 confidentially on 09 377 9898 or review Safe Network’s Child Protection Policy here.

Our leadership teams

Our board


John Woodward
John Woodward
CEO
Wayne Schache
Wayne Schache
Board Chair
Timothy McMichael
Timothy McMichael
Board Deputy Chair
Michael Bravenboer
Michael Bravenboer
Board Member
Dean Ogilvie
Dean Ogilvie
Board Member
Maree McLeay
Maree McLeay
Board Member

Our management team


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Our consulting group


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Work with us

A challenging and unique area of work that you could be a part of. Help people to make positive changes and create a healthy and safe community.

Jobs at Safe


Supporting healthy communities

At Safe Network, we work together to address the factors that led to the problematic behaviour and the impact on others, creating positive outcomes that lead to a safer environment for the person in our service, their family, whanau, and wider community.

Our focus is on delivering the best evidence-based clinical services that builds confidence, creates hope and develops trust, resulting in better balanced, healthy lives for all.

current vacancies

Safe Network staff benefits

  • Employer-funded health, trauma or critical care, and income protection insurance through nib (download details)
  • Support through Professional Supervision and EAP (Employee Assistance Programme)
  • Competitive Remuneration Package, including professional registration
  • Generous Professional Development opportunities to expand your specialist knowledge and experience in HSB
  • Free on-site carparking
  • Paid day off on New Year’s Eve!
John Woodward

As CEO, I lead our team of 50 plus qualified staff who are committed to delivering the very best evidence-based clinical services, resulting in better balanced, healthy lives for all. I am responsible for guiding the organisations vision and building trust through effective strategic direction and planning/management support with a focus on building positive partnership relationships with our stakeholders and wider team. Having worked in senior healthcare management roles for the past 20 years, I am a qualified CPA, spent 3 years on the HRNZ Board and has been with Safe Network for past 7 years.

Wayne Schache

As Board Chair my role is to lead and coordinate the strategic and governance activities of Safe Network, working closely with the Chief Executive to support the vision of a safer community.

I am a chartered accountant, an experienced Manager and Board Member with over 30 years of demonstrated history of working in strategic change management within industry, professional services, and the not-for-profit sector.  I have held a number of governance roles over the years, and currently serve on various governance boards.  I joined the Safe Network board in 2017, becoming Chair in 2020.

Timothy McMichael

My role as Board Deputy Chair is to support to Chair in the leadership of the Board.

As a counsellor and a mediator, I bring an understanding of clinical practice and legal processes to the governance of Safe Network and the development of strategy and policy. I joined the Safe Network board in 2019, becoming Deputy Chair in 2020.

Michael Bravenboer

I have a background in property development and management and have held a number of governance roles in charitable and social service agencies. I joined the Safe Network board in 2019 and have enjoyed contributing to the Agency’s strategy around how it uses its properties to support and enhance the services it provides our clients.

Dean Ogilvie

My background is in science and statistics, and in my current role as Kaiwhakahaere Te Ao Māori for Statistics NZ I focus on drawing insights from data relating to Māori to inform decision making for Government and the private sector. I have held a number of governance roles in various mana whenua forums and social service organisations. I joined the board of Safe Network in 2020 with a particular focus on supporting the Agency’s Kaupapa Māori journey and how it uses data to inform its strategic direction.

Maree McLeay

I am an experienced social worker with a background in health and wellbeing services, including the provision of supervision to professionals. I have experience in developing and delivering services to communities with needs, and have worked in child protection and community integration. With a particular interest in supporting the wellbeing of staff and a holistic approach to clinical services, I joined the Safe Network Board in 2021.