Celebrating 65 Years of Making Children Smile

June 2017



The 50s

1952 – Singapore Children’s Society is founded

1954 – Our first social worker is hired

1955 – Singapore Children’s Society moves its office to a shophouse unit in Towner Road, with a monthly rent of $150

1956 – The Convalescent Home at Changi opens



The 60s

1961 – Chin-Pu Day Care opens its doors

1962 – The Singapore Association for Retarded Children (SARC) is founded. Chin-Pu Day Care is moved to SARC so Children’s                    Society can focus on children in need

1966 – Children’s Charities Association and three other children’s charities are founded

1967 – The Social Work Service Standing Committee is founded

1969 – Children’s Society’s first Social Work Service Centre opens in Toa Payoh




The 70s

1972 – The second extension of the Convalescent Home is opened by President Benjamin Sheares. It extends the Home’s capacity from 50 to 70 residents

1976 – The Convalescent Home moves from Changi to Keramat Road in Woodlands to make way for Changi Airport

1979 – The first Latchkey Child Development Centre opens at Henderson Road. It later becomes known as the Before-and-After School Care Centre


The 80s

1982 – The Singapore Children’s Society Awards is inaugurated

1982 & 1984 – Children’s Society is conferred the ‘Most Outstanding Civic Organisation’ award by the United Nations Association
of Singapore

1984 – The Tinkle Friend Helpline is launched

1987 – A second Latchkey Child Development Centre opens

1988 – The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Standing Committee is formed. Since October 2003, it has been known as the Research and Advocacy Standing Committee. The Convalescent Home is gazetted as a place of safety    



The 90s                                                                                                

1990 – The first Family Service Centre is set up. A third Before-and-After School Care Centre opens in Bukit Gombak

1993 – Children’s Society’s new logo is launched

1994 – The first Project CABIN is launched at Westlake Secondary School

1995 – Family Service Centre (Yishun) opens

1997 – Children’s Society’s first research monograph, titled ‘Public Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect’, is published

1998 – The Vulnerable Witness Support Programme with the then-Subordinate Courts starts

1999 – The inaugural Walk for Our Children is held at Bishan Park





The 2000s        

2000 – RoundBox @ Singapore Children’s Society is launched

2003 – The Research and Outreach Centre is opened

2004 – The Bully-Free Campaign is launched. Children’s Society wins NVPC’s Non-Profit Organisation Award

2005 – Jurong Youth Centre opens. The 6th International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) Asian Regional Conference is held

2006 – The Convalescent Home moves to Hong San Terrace and is renamed Sunbeam Place

2007 – The Singapore Children’s Society Lecture is launched to commemorate our 55th Anniversary

2008 – Children Service Centre opens at Kaki Bukit. It is appointed a Centre of Specialisation for Youth Drop-in Centres by NCSS

2009 – The 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need programme is launched  


2010 to Date               

2010 – Children’s Society is conferred the inaugural NCSS Outstanding VWO Award in Innovation (Special Mention)

2011 – ‘A Guide to Youth Drop-in Centres’ is published in collaboration with NCSS

2012 – Children’s Society turns 60 and co-hosts the 2nd ASEAN Children’s Forum with the then-MCYS

2013 – The Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre opens. The first Charity TV Show, raising over $5 million, is aired. Children’s Society organises the first Singapore Children’s Forum

2014 – Tinkle Friend Online Chat launches. The 1000 Philanthropists fundraising programme is established. Children’s Society wins the President’s Award for Social Impact

2015 – The first Bully-Free Roadshow is held. ‘Speaking of Children: The Singapore Children’s Society Collected Lectures’ is published. VOX @ Singapore Children’s Society is launched

2016 – DEN @ JYC opens. The Vulnerable Witness Support Programme with the Family Justice Courts begins. Children’s Society is awarded the inaugural Charity Transparency Awards. The Society's inaugural Photo Contest is held on Facebook


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