Children and Youth Services
– Supporting, Nurturing and Inspiring our Children and Youth
We provide value-adding care, nurture and inspire children and youth, to complement what their parents and guardians provide.
Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects
The Appropriate Adult Scheme for Young Suspects (AAYS) trains staff members and volunteers, and matches them to support young suspects who need to attend law enforcement interviews. These young suspects are aged between 7 and 16. These trained volunteers are referred to as Appropriate Adults (AAs).
The AAs are trained to:
(i) look out for signs of distress in the young suspect,
(ii) aid communication between the young suspect and the investigation officer,
(iii) provide emotional support when necessary.
Click here to find out more about the roles of an AA, and the volunteering criteria and commitment required.
Family Guidance Order
Children and Youth Drop-in Services
Children’s Society promotes positive development in children and youth, and reduce and prevent our youth from engaging in risky behaviours at our four youth drop-in centres namely JYC @ Children's Society, RoundBox @ Children's Society, The Fort @ Children's Society and VOX @ Children's Society.
Choo Choo Train
Choo Choo Train is a programme which aims to instil in five and six-year-old children four positive moral values: honesty, respect, responsibility and compassion to build social graciousness.
The programme uses a combination of storytelling, puppetry, arts and craft, role-playing and songs. By keeping each session varied and dynamic, Choo Choo Train is a joyful, meaningful programme that engages the young minds.
Integrated Service Provider
From 1 April 2018, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has revamped the provision of services to young offenders and at-risk youth to be centralised at nine youth work organisations called Integrated Service Providers (ISP). We are the appointed ISP for region 1 where we serve residents in the Bishan, Toa Payoh, Novena, Rochor/Kallang, Central and Bukit Merah areas. We provide 3 core and 2 specialised programmes.
Project CABIN is a secondary school based drop-in service which allows our youth workers to reach out to youth more effectively as students spend the bulk of their time in school. CABINs provide a place for youth to hang out after school hours to enjoy facilities such as internet access, gaming consoles and board games, or engage in meaningful activities.
Besides organising fun-filled activities, the youth workers also conduct life skills workshops and training courses, as well as provide emotional support for students in need.
Storm Riders is an anger management intervention programme for children from primary three to six. Through Storm Riders, children learn effective communication, emotional management and regulation techniques, as well as positive conflict resolution skills.
Talks, Workshops and Programmes (Children and Youth)
Children’s Society promotes the well-being of children and youth through talks and workshops conducted in a fun and experiential manner. Our programmes for the children and youth are designed to meet their socio-emotional needs.
Talks, Workshops and Programmes (Adults)
We conduct programmes to impart knowledge and skills to parents to better manage their children, in turn promotes the overall well-being of children, youth, parents and families. Children's Society also conducts training for teachers with the objective of imparting knowledge and skills to these professionals who are tasked to mould our future generations.
Tinkle Friend is a national toll-free helpline and chatline for all primary school children in Singapore who need a listening ear. Manned by trained volunteers and staff, Tinkle Friend provides support, advice and information to lonely and distressed children, especially in situations when their parents or main caregivers are unavailable. Read our “Tinkle Friend: Year in Review 2020” here to find out more about children's experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vulnerable Witness Support Programme @ State Court
The programme aims to provide adequate support to vulnerable child witnesses who have to testify in criminal cases. Vulnerable persons refer to victims or witnesses under the age of 18. Trained volunteer support persons are assigned to each witness and they help the child witness deal with stress management and familiarise them with judicial procedures.
Working hand-in-hand with the Court and police, and together with our volunteers, Children’s Society provides emotional, non-evidentiary practical support to the child witnesses.