About Safe for Children
We believe that New Zealand should be the best place in the world to raise our children.
Our mission is to source the best people and the best technology to lead the delivery of high-quality training and solutions for anyone and everyone who works with children and youth.
Our core values are at the HEART of who we are and what we do:
H onesty - consistently open, authentic, ethical and genuine. The courage to shape a better future for our children.
E xcellence – we love what we do, and we do it exceptionally well. We will empower people to make changes that will improve the quality of education, care and recreation for children.
A ccountability – we have a strong sense of responsibility to the educators, carers, parents/caregivers and communities we work with.
R espect – people’s contributions are valued in a community where everyone is welcome, supported and cared for personally and professionally.
T eamwork and collaboration – together we engage passion and collective intelligence. Together we make a difference.
Founder and Director Donna Bouzaid brings a deep understanding of the impact of high-quality child safe environments and how this can be achieved with the right advice, support and training.
For the past 25 years Donna has enjoyed a broad and extensive career in the out of school care and recreation sector. She has led the development and facilitation of both regional and national advice, support and training, led Ministry of Social Development audits with a focus on child protection and child health & safety, represented the out of school care and recreation sector on Government advisory groups and led Children’s Services for YMCA New Zealand.
Donna understands there can be many barriers to becoming child safe. She also knows that with the right help and support, organisations and communities can overcome these barriers and establish high quality child safe environments where children can be safe, happy and protected.
I formed Safe for Children to make change. New Zealand should be the best place in the world to be a child but sadly a grim report by UNICEF highlighted that out of 41 developed countries, New Zealand ranks 35th for its outcomes.
"Take care of our children. Take care of what they hear. Take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa."
Such an inspirational and appropriate quote from one of our most famous kuia in New Zealand, Dame Whina Cooper.
Let’s be our best for our children, our tamariki, our rangatahi.