Vulnerable Children and Youth
– Protecting and Guiding Vulnerable Children and Youth
We provide fundamental care and guidance to children and youth as what their parents and guardians should provide.
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.
Working jointly with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), Singapore Children’s Society calls on families identified with children between the ages of 3 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.
Safe and Strong Families - Reunification
We run the Safe and Strong Families - Reunification service to help children and young persons in out-of-home care be reunified with their birth families in a safe and timely manner.
Sunbeam Place @ Children's Society Residents
Sunbeam Place @ Children's Society 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 21. It prepares our beneficiaries and their families for reunification through casework and counselling. For those who are unable to reunite with their families, Sunbeam Place @ Children's Society provides a wide range of programmes to develop their strengths and skills to help facilitate a smoother transition when beneficiaries are discharged from the Centre and on their own as young adults.
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.