research and Advocacy
– A Voice for our Children and their Future
We perform research and advocacy work to protect and promote the well-being of children, youth and their families, as well as to enhance the usefulness of social services to children and youth.
To reach out to the community, we host a Bully-Free website and organise various activities to raise awareness on the topic of bullying. Our school outreach efforts include conducting Bully-Free awareness talks, workshop, camps, campaigns, as well as teachers’ training and parenting workshops.
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Talk
It is a talk that provides an overview of the four types of child abuse and neglect, and allows participants to gain deeper insights into the topic. These include recognising the signs, symptoms and impact of abuse, as well as strategies on the management of suspected abuse cases.
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.
Children’s Society encourages local research on children's issues by providing research grants to support relevant studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
We conduct research to help identify social trends and issues related to children, youth and families in Singapore. Past studies have covered the themes of bullying, child abuse and neglect, as well as family and child development. Some of the ongoing studies include examining the impact of cyber environments on adolescents, public and professional perceptions of child abuse and neglect, and infant attachment.
Singapore Children's Forum
Inaugurated in 2013, the Singapore Children’s Forum serves as a national platform for children to voice their opinions on issues important to them.
Singapore Children’s Society Lecture
The annual Singapore Children’s Society Lecture, inaugurated in 2007 as part of our 55th Anniversary Celebrations, is one of the Society’s efforts to reach out to professionals working with children and families as well as to the members of the public. The Lecture, during which a subject expert speaks on a topic related to children, aims to raise public awareness on issues pertinent to the welfare and well-being of children, youth and families.