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What we do

safer lives with safe communities

hope... trust... confidence

We are about helping people have safe, balanced & healthy lives

At Safe Network we provide specialised therapeutic services for individuals who have engaged in concerning, problematic, or harmful sexual behaviour.

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 in our service, their family and friends, and the wider community.

We operate the largest of three community-based specialised clinical assessment and intervention services in New Zealand. Safe Network has been successfully providing therapeutic services to the upper North Island for over 25 years.

We achieve results by providing a safe environment that allows our clients to work through their problematic behaviour to make positive change though tailored counselling and therapy.

Our client-centred work typically involves support, both for and from family, whanau, wider communities and professional agencies.

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.

Make a referral to Safe Network

If you are concerned about your sexual behaviour or that of your child, teenager or an adult, you can arrange for a referral to Safe Network’s services.

Anyone can make a referral to Safe Network by contacting us directly. Individuals are referred to Safe Network by via self-referral, governments agencies (courts, community probation service, Oranga Tamariki (OT), the police), family members, friends, other professionals within the community such as your health professional or social worker.

To make a referral, or if you need assistance, contact us directly to speak to one of our clinical staff confidentially, on 09 377 9898 or email here or web

anyone can make a referral to Safe Network by contacting us directly

Referral pathway

To ensure we are providing the right help we will undertake an in-depth assessment to discover the individuals, history, environment and the reasons the sexualised behaviour may have occurred. Assessments typically include family members, partners, whanau, or others from the person’s wider social system as appropriate.

Most assessments will typically include:

  • two or three 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. Dept. of Corrections, Oranga Tamariki (OT), 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 Network's services. A copy of this report, including recommendations, next steps, and process can be made available to the referrer or family as appropriate.

Individuals that attend Safe Network will be allocated to a primary clinician for the duration of their intervention. All interventions are tailored to the personal needs of the individuals and involve both individual and group work. Each service includes all or some of the following:

  • weekly group sessions (except for children and female clients)
  • weekly one-to-one appointments as required
  • monthly family sessions
  • intensive group therapy and adventure-based interventions.

all interventions are tailored to the personal needs of each individual