Vulnerable Children services
– Protecting and Guiding Vulnerable Children
We provide fundamental care and guidance to children as what their parents and guardians should provide.
Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Workshops
This full-day workshop aims to heighten awareness on the subject matter of child abuse and neglect prevention. It imparts participants with knowledge of the signs and symptoms of abuse and channels of reporting suspected abuse cases. This workshop is primarily targeted at secondary caregivers of children, such as teachers.
Compulsory Education Casework
Working exclusively with the Ministry of Education, Children’s Society counsels both children and parents on the importance of proper schooling and helps them with difficulties they face. Through the programme, we provide assistance to families who failed to register their child for school or send their child to school for the required six years. A child of ‘compulsory school age’, i.e. above the age of 6 and below 15, and is a Singapore citizen residing in Singapore, has to attend a national primary school, unless exempted.
This six-month counselling and rehabilitative programme is for first-time juvenile offenders of petty offenses. Through individual and family counselling sessions, home and school visits, the programme aims to help youth recognise the severity of their actions and the consequences of a repeat offence.
KidzREACH is an outreach programme which focuses on character development. Through KidzREACH, children learn and develop life skills and values through meaningful activities, games, and outings where the children are exposed to experiential learning.
Pre-school Education Outreach
Working jointly with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Singapore Children’s Society calls on families identified with children between the ages of 5 and 6, who are not registered at kindergartens or childcare centres. We assist and support these children’s enrolment into pre-schools, in order to better prepare them for subsequent years of formal education. In recent years, we are also helping 4-year-olds identified in the course of our work, with placement in pre-schools.
Project LADDER reaches out to families of inmates who may be struggling in isolation due to the stigma associated with the incarceration of their loved ones. A joint project with the Singapore Prison Service, Project LADDER allows children whose parents are incarcerated to maintain frequent contact through tele-visits from our premises. The sessions provide our social workers an in-road to engage the families, especially children, and assess if they are coping well with the situation.
Sunbeam Place Residents
Sunbeam Place is a residential home and gazetted place of safety for children who have been abused and neglected and in need of protection, or whose parents are unable to provide proper care.
The children’s welfare, safety and needs are at the centre of its care. The Centre provides a home-like and loving environment for children aged between 2 and 18 years. It counsels and helps them cope with changes to develop a positive self-view with emotional resilience. The programmes offered at Sunbeam Place are based on their age and interest. The Centre provides a wide range of opportunities to develop children’s strengths and skills to be responsible young adults.
Vulnerable Witness Support Programme
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.