Children and Youth Services
Children and Youth Services
Supporting, 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.
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 under the age of 16 years old. 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.
Children’s Society started the Bully-Free Programme in 2004 to address the issue of school bullying and its impact on those involved. The programme aims to promote a safe and supportive culture in schools with a zero tolerance stand towards bullying. Our work in this area involves raising awareness in school and community settings.
To reach out to the community, we host a Bully-free website and organise various activities to raise the general public’s awareness on the topic. Our school out efforts includes e-assembly talks, workshops, ambassador projects, campaigns, parents and teachers training.”
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.
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 (ISP). 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.
One of the key challenges to safeguard the well-being of children and youth is to ensure a healthy mental state. To this end, and to mitigate the protracted impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Oasis for Minds Services @ Children’s Society (OMS) is set up to support children and youth to develop positively into responsible and healthy young adults. OMS aims to provide a continuity of care. We provide preventive services, creating learning and supportive environments for children and youth to gain mental health literacy, and their caregivers, increasing their capability to promote mental wellness.
For youth assessed to have mild to moderate mental illness and are known to the Institute of Mental Health, rehabilitative services will be provided. This will include coordinated care, psychosocial and psychological interventions and transitional care support.
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 programme that helps children, 9-12 years old, to understand their emotions and respond to anger in a healthy manner, without harming themselves, others or the environment. The programme focuses on enhancing children’s emotion management skills, problem-solving skills and pro-social skills. Click here to find out more.
We conduct programmes to impart knowledge and skills to parents to better manage their children, in turn promotes the overall well-being of children, youth, parents and families. Children’s Society also conducts training for teachers with the objective of imparting knowledge and skills to these professionals who are tasked to mould our future generations.
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. Read our “Tinkle Friend: Year in Review 2020” here to find out more about children’s experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, please refer to Tinklefriend website www.tinklefriend.sg
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.