Children and Youth Services
– 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.
Beyond Parental Control (BPC)
Parents can approach the Youth Court for help with their children who are deemed beyond their control. The aim of the programme is to provide supervision and guidance to modify the child's behaviour and stabilise the family. Under the BPC Order, counsellors and social workers from Children's Society will supervise and counsel the wayward youth for a period of one to three years.
Parents or guardians who take their wayward children or youth to the Youth Court may be offered to participate in voluntary casework with Children's Society.
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 (ISP)
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. 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.
KidzLive: I Can Protect Myself
KidzLive aims to teach pre-school children to protect themselves from sexual abuse. Through interactive elements such as a story and a song, the programme teaches children to take care of their bodies, differentiate between good and bad touches and to tell a trusted adult if they are touched inappropriately.
To reach out to more pre-schoolers, we started training pre-school teachers to deliver our KidzLive programme in 2012. After a full-day training, teachers take back a resource kit which they can use to conduct KidzLive at their convenience. Interested pre-school teachers can sign up for the 'Empowering Children with Body Safety Skills' course on ONE@ECDA with the course code OTHECBS17E.
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 five. Through Storm Riders, children learn effective communication, emotional management and regulation techniques, as well as positive conflict resolution skills.
Student Care @ Children's Society provides after school care service mainly for primary school children who are mostly from low-income families, and who are sometimes left at home without adult supervision.
Sunbeam Friends Club
Sunbeam Friends Club was set up with the aim of bringing fun and joy to children and youth through healthy, creative and constructive activities. Staff and volunteers conduct varied indoor and outdoor interactive activities with children and youth.
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.
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.