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.
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.
Pre-school Education Outreach and Casework
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.
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 21 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 @ 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.