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Research and Advocacy Team Updates

September 2019

KidzLive Parent-Child Programme

Two pilot sessions of the KidzLive parent-child programme were held at our Bishan Office during the June holidays.

During the sessions held on 14 and 25 June, our colleagues from the Advocacy team presented our body safety skills programme to a total of 42 pre-school children and their parents. ‘KidzLive: I Can Protect Myself’ teaches pre-school children to differentiate between right and wrong actions, and to tell a trusted adult if sexual abuse happens. The programme is typically coordinated through pre-school centres. Over the years, parents have indicated that they, too, would like tips on how to broach the topics of sexuality and sexual abuse prevention. 

The KidzLive parent-child sessions was the first time we opened up the programme to the general public, allowing children to learn essential body safety messages alongside their parents.

Do look out for our future sessions for information on how you can protect your children better.

 

KidzLive App

Singapore Children’s Society recently launched the KidzLive mobile app, which provides information to parents, educators and other caregivers on how to go about equipping young children with body safety skills.

The app is an extension of our existing ‘KidzLive: I Can Protect Myself’ sexual abuse prevention programme for pre-school children. It was developed in collaboration with PayPal, as part of its CSR initiative, and includes features such as: 

  • A quiz to assess how informed caregivers are about sexual abuse
  • Infographics on the myths and facts surrounding sexual abuse
  • Information on behaviours that are typical of children’s sexual development and behaviors which may be warning signs of abuse
  • A step-by-step guide on how to impart essential body safety messages
  • Other interactive resources to help caregivers kick-start a conversation with younger people

The KidzLive app is available for download on the Google Play Store. It will soon also be available in the Apple App Store.

 

Research Bites Issue 7 is Now Available

Our latest issue of Research Bites is now available. This bi-annual newsletter from our Research & Advocacy Department features key findings from our in-house research studies. In this issue, we look at Project Relate, a programme aimed at helping children stay more connected to their imprisoned fathers. Our case workers have found that caregivers play a crucial role as gatekeepers of children’s communication with their fathers, and in determining the quality of their relationship. That guides our recommendations on how to improve visiting policies and, through caregivers, better communication between fathers are who are incarcerated and their children. 

The latest issue of Research Bites is available here.  

 

Infancy Study

Together with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, we conducted a large-scale study examining how different caregiving arrangements impact mother-child attachment in Singapore. 

Caregiving arrangements can vary greatly, depending on caregiver availability and trustworthiness. From 0-4 months, most children were primarily cared for by their mothers. At 18 months, their grandmothers tended to take over. As children grew older, parents also considered how to best nurture their cognitive and social skills, and at 3 years, most children were primarily cared for by grandmothers or placed in childcare. We found that there are no negative consequences of these caregiving choices on children’s cognitive and socio-emotional developmental outcomes. 

These, and other findings from the study, are published in our 12th Monograph available here.

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