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CONNECTING A CIRCLE OF

CARING PEOPLE ANNUAL REPORT 2013

ABOUT US

OUR WORK

OUR VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF

FACTS AND FIGURES


Annual Report Editorial Committee Assoc Prof Teng Su Ching Ms Jennifer Quong Asst Prof Wernmei Yong Ade Ms Shen Xuesheng All names of children and youths mentioned in this report have been changed to protect their identities. Unique Entity Number: S62SS0057G


CONTENTS ABOUT US Chairman’s Message

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Highlights of the Year 2013

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Organisation Chart

SUNBEAM PLACE New Programme Paideia Talent Development Programme at The Little Arts Academy

33 34

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TALKS AND WORKSHOPS PROGRAMMES CENTRE

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Chairpersons and National Day Awards Recipients

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YOUTH CENTRE (JURONG) TeenStart: Celebrating Community

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Committee Members 2013/2014

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OUR WORK CHILDREN SERVICE CENTRE Residential Camp: Camp Zero KidzSHinE

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FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE (YISHUN) Family Service Centre Programmes Children’s Medical Fund

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RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTRE Compulsory Education Casework Pre-School Education Outreach and Casework Project LADDER KidzLive: I Can Protect Myself Research Studies ROUNDBOX STUDENT CARE CENTRE (HENDERSON) Choo Choo Train KidzREACH @ Henderson STUDENT SERVICE HUB (BUKIT MERAH) Bully-Free Programme iNSPIRE Fund Project CABIN Tinkle Friend Vulnerable Witness Support Programme

23 24 24 25 25

YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE (TOA PAYOH) BeaconWorks Beyond Parental Control (BPC) Pre-Complaint Screening BPC Pre-Complaint Mediation BPC Parents Mandated Order BPC Statutory Supervision Order Youth Family Care Programme Buddy Care Programme Guidance Programme

37 37 38 38 38 39 39 39

OUR VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF Ruth Wong Awardee 2013

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Gopal Haridas Awardee 2013

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List of Awardees 2013

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Testimonials

46

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FACTS AND FIGURES 28 28 29 30 30 31 32

Service Statistics

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Financial Information Summary

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Audited Financial Information 2013

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Major Donors

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ABOUT US

MS RAFIDAH KASSIM Volunteer Co-ordinator, Sunbeam Place

Dedication

100%

“The children’s smiles keep me motivated. I see and learn new things every day while working here at Sunbeam Place.”

Through specialised care, education, counselling and rehabilitation, we provide essential support for disadvantaged, abused and neglected children and youth, connecting them to a better and brighter future.

KEEPING OUR VISION IN FOCUS


Our Patron-in-Chief

PRESIDENT TONY TAN KENG YAM

ABOUT US

Patron for 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need

MR TEO CHEE HEAN

Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister For Home Affairs

At Singapore Children’s Society, we help protect and nurture children and youth of all races and religions, especially needy children from disadvantaged families. We provide help through our six service categories of Caregiving, Community, Developmental, Preventive, Public Education and Remedial. CAREGIVING SERVICES

PREVENTIVE SERVICES

COMMUNITY SERVICES

PUBLIC EDUCATION

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES

REMEDIAL SERVICES

We take care of children and youth on behalf of their parents/guardians for a period of time.

We promote the welfare of children and youth through the fostering of a happy family life.

We conduct forums and research related to children, youth and family to raise public awareness.

We help educate and develop children and youth to become healthy and well rounded.

OUR MISSION To bring relief and happiness to children in need

We help prevent children and youth from being harmed or at risk of delinquency, abuse and/or neglect.

We provide rehabilitative services to children and youth, with guidance and counselling for their families.

OUR VISION To be a leading edge organisation in promoting the well-being of the child

OUR CORE VALUES • Compassion and Caring • Commitment • Professionalism • Integrity • Openness to Change


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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE

T

he theme for this year’s Annual Report is ‘Giving’. Giving can come in many forms – money, in-kind and time. Oftentimes, giving comes with no expectation of receiving something in return. Children’s Society has benefited from such giving which has allowed us to run many programmes for our beneficiaries. It is incumbent upon us that we impart to our young beneficiaries the values that giving nurtures. We teach them the values of kindness, unselfishness and graciousness in receiving. We do not just help them; we leave them with a clear legacy to give back to society. It was with this in mind that we started to focus more on character and life-skill developmental programmes in 2013. Our KidzREACH programme at Henderson, Siglap and Taman Jurong continues to have an impact on children who live in interim housing or rental flats. To further enhance this development, we formally set up our tenth service centre, the Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre, to run talks and workshops to cater to a wider spectrum of participants which includes schools and organisations. We are therefore heartened to note that the Ministry of Education has started to put more emphasis on beyond academic achievements through the new Character and Citizenship Education at the beginning of 2014. On 23 November 2013, we launched our inaugural Singapore Children’s Forum at ITE College West. The idea for such a forum came about because of our success in cohosting the 2nd ASEAN Children’s Forum with the then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports in 2012. The theme of the forum, ‘What Matters To Us’, saw 120 young participants from various primary schools coming together to discuss issues such as education, family, friendship, security and money. I was personally impressed with how some of the student participants could clearly articulate their views before an audience of 300. I hope that the platform we created for these young Singaporeans will spur them to take an active role in shaping the future of our country which they will inherit in the years to come.


ABOUT US CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE 05 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 The Society’s total expenditure was $12.237 million, 23% higher than 2012’s expenditure of $9.974 million. With new services and expanded programmes, our total staff strength increased to 162 as compared to 145 the year before. As long as there is a demand for more social services, we are committed to exploring ways to meet those needs. Our total donation for 2013 reached another new record at $13.721 million, or 9% more than 2012. The success of our inaugural Charity TV Show, which raised $5.1 million, contributed largely to our overall performance. The launch of the OCBC-TODAY Children’s Fund on 3 October not only strengthened our fund-raising base, but also increased our brand awareness amongst the wider public through periodic articles about our services. At our Awards presentation ceremony in 2013, we were honoured to recognise a record 61 volunteers and donors. Our Guest-of-Honour, Mr Chan Chun Sing, then-Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, presented the Ruth Wong Award to Mr Tan Suee Chieh, who is also the Vice Chairman of Children’s Society, and the Gopal Haridas Award to the family of the late Mdm Chin Mee Ngo. It is with deep gratitude that I wish to thank all these volunteers and donors for their unstinting support. We would also like to extend our heartiest congratulations to two of our Executive Committee members who were recognised for their public service to our country. Mr Wong Yew Meng received the Public Service Star and Mr Alex Lee Ka But received the Public Service Medal in 2013’s National Day Awards. With the increased social, economic and political uncertainties across the world, our young beneficiaries face many challenges ahead of them. They are the future of our nation. Some will take up the challenges to lead, while others will contribute in different ways. The hope for a better tomorrow will continue to spur all of us to work harder together. In conclusion, I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the Executive Committee and Standing Committee members, and staff for their dedication and contributions. To the members, donors and well-wishers, your support will continue to encourage us to do our best to ensure that every child has the opportunity to maximise his or her potential.

Mr Koh Choon Hui PJG JP Chairman Singapore Children’s Society


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JANUARY Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre Singapore Children’s Society’s latest service centre, the Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre, started in January 2013. The objective of the new set-up was to enable the Society to do more upstream work. Our target audience includes parents, caregivers, teachers, children and youth. The centre shares the same premises as Family Service Centre (Yishun).

MARCH

Launch of 23rd Project CABIN – The Hideout

1000 Enterprises for Children-inNeed Appreciation Dinner

The Society’s 23rd Project CABIN was launched by Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education at Shuqun Secondary School on 23 March.

To thank the 590 businesses and 331 supporters of the 1000 Enterprises for Children-in-Need programme, the Society held an appreciation dinner on 28 March at the Pan Pacific Singapore. The programme’s Patron, Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs, was the Guest-of-Honour.

A school-based drop-in facility for character and life skills development, Project CABIN provides a positive and conducive environment for youth.

At the dinner, the Society appointed three representatives to be 1000E Ambassadors. They will help to engage business and social communities in raising funds and awareness on behalf of the Society.


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APRIL

JUNE

Sharing Cherished Stories

Singapore Children’s Society Awards 2013

Singapore Children’s Society’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations were brought to a close with Sharing Cherished Stories, an event held on 26 April at Orchard Hotel Singapore. Five storytellers, among them veteran volunteers, social worker-cum-long-serving staff, and a retired staff member – shared the parts they played in laying the foundations of the Society, and talked about how their actions helped bring hope and happiness to children in need. It concluded the Society’s year-long celebrations organised by Mrs Mae-Lim Hoon Ann, Honorary Secretary of the Society and Chairperson of the 60th Anniversary Celebrations Committee.

The Singapore Children’s Society Awards took place on 26 June at the Pan Pacific Singapore. Mr Chan Chun Sing, then-Acting Minister for Social and Family Development, was the Guest-of-Honour. A new award category, the Commendation Service Award, was introduced that evening. In total, 61 awards were conferred on volunteers and donors in recognition of their contributions.

JULY Release of Parenting Guide on Pre-schoolers (Chinese edition) The English Parenting Guide on Pre-schoolers, which was released in December 2012, received positive feedback. The Society took on the suggestion for the guide to be translated into Chinese. 5,000 copies were printed and distributed at pre-schools, childcare centres, family service centres, hospitals and clinics.

Charity TV Show Singapore Children’s Society held its first ever Charity TV Show ‘live’ over MediaCorp Channel 8 on 14 July. The three-hour TV Show saw 20 local and foreign artistes come together to put up a song, skit and dance performance, centred on the theme ‘Childhood’. Gracing the event was Guestof-Honour Mdm Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament. A total of $5.1 million was raised.


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AUGUST Bully-Free Forum 2013 Dr Barbara Spears presented at our Bully-Free Forum, ‘Covert Bullying – What Goes on Behind the Scenes?’, at Republic Polytechnic on 17 August. Gracing the event was Guest-of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, then-Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Education. Dr Spears is the Co-Director of the Citizenship and Wellbeing Research Group of the Centre from Research in Education, and Senior Lecturer from the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia. About 220 participants attended the Forum which included topics such as the dynamics of covert bullying, its impact and consequences, and strategies specifically for victims of covert bullying to protect themselves and gain the trust of adults. Practical strategies for parents or school staff to detect and manage this form of discreet bullying were covered at the Forum too.

SEPTEMBER YouthGIG 2013 The annual YouthGIG 2013 concert, which was held at Shuqun Secondary School on 8 September and themed ‘Youth Appreciate’, aimed to encourage youth to spend time to reflect on what and who makes their lives meaningful. Guest-of-Honour Mr Desmond Lee, Minister of State for National Development and Adviser for Jurong GRC Grassroots Organisations, was among the guests who were impressed by the multi-talented line-up that evening.

Infant Study Poster Presentation at the 2nd Singapore Paediatric and Perinatal Annual Congress On 14 September, the Perinatal Society of Singapore, in collaboration with the Singapore Paediatric Society and the College of Paediatrics, Academy of Medicine of Singapore, held the 2nd Singapore Paediatric and Perinatal Annual Congress (SiPPAC) at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore. The SiPPAC congress was attended by medical and allied health professionals and practitioners from around the region. Singapore Children’s Society submitted a poster on our Infant Study, which shared selected findings from the first and second cohorts. This ongoing study examines the trend of caregiving arrangements among families with young children in Singapore and how these arrangements may influence child development outcomes as well as mother-child attachment. Our study collaborator, Dr Khoo Poh Choo (pictured left), a Senior Consultant with the Department of Neonatology and Child Development at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, gave a brief presentation on the poster, which won the runner-up poster award.


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SEPTEMBER Walk for Our Children 2013 More than 3,000 enthusiastic walkers participated in the Society’s signature annual fund-raising event, Walk for Our Children 2013, on 29 September at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. The Society’s annual walkathon fund-raiser raised more than $300,000 while encouraging families to spend quality time together. An iconic feature of this year’s festivities was a four-metre-tall windmill that stood in a garden of 5,000 pinwheels, symbolising the hopes and dreams of children in need. Guest-of-Honour Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister for Health, flagged off the three-kilometre-long Walk.

OCTOBER Launch of OCBC-TODAY Children’s Fund OCBC Bank and TODAY, the print media arm of MediaCorp Press Limited, launched a Children’s Fund on 3 October to help children from distressed families rebuild their lives through counselling, mentoring and therapy. The Fund aims to raise $1.5 million a year. OCBC Bank has committed $1 to the Fund for every $2 raised by the public, while TODAY is the official media partner. A microsite (http://ocbctodayfund.sg) for the Fund was launched to enable online donations.

7th Singapore Children’s Society Annual Lecture Speaker of Parliament Mdm Halimah Yacob gave her insights on work-life balance at the 7th Singapore Children’s Society Lecture, held on 5 October at Singapore Management University. Delivering on the topic of ‘The Modern Dilemma: Reconciling Children, Family and Career’, she captivated an audience of 157 attendees with her views on policies that would help foster a better balance between work and family. She also urged the Government to legislate eldercare leave in view of our greying population.

Tribute to Volunteers The Society paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of its many volunteers during the Tribute to Volunteers event. Over 130 turned out for the movie treat at Golden Village VivoCity on 19 October, with the screening of the sci-fi drama ‘Gravity’, which swept the board at the 86th Academy Awards with seven Oscars, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuaron.


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NOVEMBER Free Market The inaugural Free Market, organised by RoundBox and Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh), was held at OnePeople.sg on 9 November. Over 100 beneficiaries received items donated by our Society’s staff.

Charity Gala Movie Premiere Singapore Children’s Society held its Charity Gala Movie Premiere ‘Three Peas in a Pod’ at Golden Village VivoCity on 11 November. Gracing the event was Guest-of-Honour Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth and Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information Mr Lawrence Wong.

Singapore Children’s Forum Held on 23 November at ITE College West, the inaugural Singapore Children’s Forum saw 120 local students from various schools coming together to discuss issues that matter to them. Aptly themed ‘Hear What Matters to Us’, the students aged 10 to 13 were involved in panel discussions with five adults, all experts in their respective professional fields. About 300 participants attended the Forum. Topics discussed were family, education, friendship, money and security. Guest-ofHonour was Acting Minister for Manpower Mr Tan Chuan-Jin.

DECEMBER POPULAR Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 Our Chinese book 《我们这样长大: 新加坡的童年生活》 clinched the second prize in the ‘POPULAR Readers’ Choice Awards 2013’. This contest was based on the results of readers’ votes for their favourite book from a list of 10 shortlisted Chinese titles. Children’s Society launched this award-winning book alongside its English version ‘Singapore Childhood: Our Stories Then and Now’ as part of the Society’s 60th Anniversary Celebrations in 2012.

HONOURS AT NATIONAL DAY AWARDS 2013 Singapore Children’s Society congratulates our Executive Committee members for being conferred National Day Awards 2013.

Mr Wong Yew Meng

Mr Alex Lee Ka But

THE PUBLIC SERVICE STAR (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat)

THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat)


ABOUT US ORGANISATION CHART Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Chairman

Mr Koh Choon Hui

Vice Chairman

Prof Ho Lai Yun

Vice Chairman

Mr Tan Suee Chieh

Honorary Secretary

Mrs Mae-Lim Hoon Ann

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Ho Lon Gee

Honorary Assistant Secretary

Ms Tan Khiaw Ngoh

Honorary Assistant Treasurer

Ms Theresa Sim May Ling

Members

Assoc Prof Agnes Chang Mr Alex Lee Ka But Ms Annie Gan Assoc Prof Cuthbert Teo Eng Swee Mr Kurt Wee Chorng Kien Mdm Rashidah Bte Abdul Rasip Assoc Prof Teng Su Ching Mr Wong Yew Meng

Co-opted Member Nominated Members

Mr Peter Joe Chia Assoc Prof Daniel Fung Assoc Prof John Elliott Dr Lim Lee Ching

(from May)

Dr Stephanie Leonard

STANDING COMMITTEES

OTHER COMMITTEES

CHAIRMAN Appeals Information and Corporate Relations Research and Advocacy Social Work Service Sunbeam Place

Mr Kurt Wee Chorng Kien Assoc Prof Teng Su Ching Assoc Prof Cuthbert Teo Eng Swee Mr Alex Lee Ka But Prof Ho Lai Yun

CHAIRMAN Audit Awards Crisis Management Investment Remuneration and Human Resource

Mr Tan Suee Chieh Prof Ho Lai Yun Mr Koh Choon Hui Mr Ho Lon Gee Mr Wong Yew Meng


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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

MANAGEMENT TEAM OFFICE BEARERS HONORARY SECRETARY HONORARY TREASURER

STANDING COMMITTEES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Mr Alfred Tan

(since 1999)

CORPORATE SERVICES Senior Director – Ms Tan Li Li (until Dec 2013) Director – Ms Ang Boon Min* (from Jan 2014) * Portfolio includes Strategic Planning

APPEALS

FUND-RAISING Senior Director – Mr Chia Boon Khiang

INFORMATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS Senior Executive – Ms Shen Xuesheng

RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY

RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTRE Senior Director – Ms Sue Cheng CHILDREN SERVICE CENTRE Director – Ms Ann Hui Peng FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE Senior Director – Ms Koh Wah Khoon STUDENT CARE CENTRE Assistant Director & Head – Ms Samantha Lim

SOCIAL WORK SERVICE

STUDENT SERVICE HUB Director – Ms Rachel Tan TALKS AND WORKSHOPS PROGRAMMES Director – Ms Tan Bee Joo YOUTH CENTRE Deputy Director – Ms Christina Appadoo (until Dec 2013) Assistant Director & Head – Ms Gracia Goh (from Dec 2013) YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE Senior Director – Dr Carol Balhetchet

SUNBEAM PLACE

SUNBEAM PLACE Director – Dr Siew Lai Keun


ABOUT US CHAIRPERSONS AND NATIONAL DAY AWARDS RECIPIENTS 13 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

CHAIRPERSONS OF SINGAPORE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY For over 60 years, we are privileged to have had highly dedicated professionals and civic-minded citizens heading Singapore Children’s Society. CHAIRPERSON

YEARS SERVED

Mrs K M Smyth Dr Gopal Haridas Prof E S Monteiro Mr J E Lloyd Prof Wong Hock Boon Mr Francis Thomas Dr M G John Dr Koh Eng Kheng Mr Koh Choon Hui

1952 – 1954 1954 – 1956 1956 – 1961 1961 – 1963 1963 – 1965 1965 – 1970 1970 – 1973 1973 – 1978 1978 – Current

NATIONAL DAY AWARDS RECIPIENTS The following members of our Society were honoured by the Singapore Government for their significant contributions to social service. THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL (Pingat Jasa Gemilang)

2011

Mr Koh Choon Hui

THE PUBLIC SERVICE STAR (BAR) Bintang Bakti Masyarakat (Lintang)

1993 2001 2007 2011

Dr Koh Eng Kheng Mr Koh Choon Hui Mr S C Lim Mr Peter Joe Chia

THE PUBLIC SERVICE STAR (Bintang Bakti Masyarakat)

1985 1991 1992 1994 1995 1996 1997 1997 2001 2002 2009 2010 2013

Dr Koh Eng Kheng Mr Koh Choon Hui Mr Peter Joe Chia Ms Susan Verghese Dr Lim Hwee Leng Mr Leslie Yong Mr S C Lim Dr Ngiam Tee Liang Dr Stephanie Leonard Mr Gwee Lian Kheng Mrs Mae-Lim Hoon Ann Prof Ho Lai Yun Mr Wong Yew Meng

THE PUBLIC SERVICE MEDAL (Pingat Bakti Masyarakat)

1980 1984 1984 1985 1986 1986 1987 1988 1989 1991 1994 1996 1999 2000 2003 2006 2007 2013

Dr Koh Eng Kheng Mr Koh Choon Hui Mr Peter Joe Chia Ms Susan Verghese Dr Lim Hwee Leng Mr S C Lim Mr Safdar A Husain Mr Leslie Yong Dr Stephanie Leonard Dr Ngiam Tee Liang Mr Gwee Lian Kheng Mrs Mae-Lim Hoon Ann Mr Yeo Khee Gee Mr Yew Hang Meng Dr Teng Su Ching Prof Ho Lai Yun Assoc Prof John Elliott Mr Alex Lee Ka But


Mr Koh Choon Hui 1 PJG, JP

Chairman

REMUNERATION AND HUMAN RESOURCE

INVESTMENT

CRISIS MANAGEMENT

AWARDS

AUDIT

SOCIAL WORK SERVICE

RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY

SUNBEAM PLACE

NAME

INFORMATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

APPEALS

EXECUTIVE

US COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2013/2014 14 ABOUT Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

Chairman Member

(since 1978)

Prof Ho Lai Yun BBM, JP

Vice Chairman

Advisor

Chairman

Chairman Member Member Member

(since 2002)

Mr Tan Suee Chieh

Vice Chairman

Chairman

(since 2008)

Mrs Mae-Lim Hoon Ann 2 BBM

Honorary Secretary

Member

Member (from May)

Member Member

Member

(since 1987)

Mr Ho Lon Gee

3

Honorary Treasurer

Member Member Chairman Member

(since 2013)

Ms Tan Khiaw Ngoh

Honorary Asst Secretary

Member

(since 2012)

Ms Theresa Sim May Ling

Honorary Asst Treasurer

Member

(since 2013)

Assoc Prof Agnes Chang

Member

Vice Chairman

Mr Alex Lee Ka But PBM, JP

Member

Member Chairman Member

Member Member

Member

Ms Annie Gan

Member

Assoc Prof Cuthbert Teo Eng Swee PBS

Member

Chairman* Member

Member Member

Member

(from May)

Mr Kurt Wee Chorng Kien

Member

Mdm Rashidah Abdul Rasip PPA (P)

Member

Assoc Prof Teng Su Ching PBM, JP

Member

Mr Wong Yew Meng BBM

Member

Mr Peter Joe Chia BBM (L)

Co-opted Member

Assoc Prof Daniel Fung

Nominated Member

Member *

Assoc Prof John Elliott PBM

Nominated Member

Vice Chairman #

Dr Lim Lee Ching Dr Stephanie Leonard BBM

Nominated Member (from May)

Chairman

Member Member Member Member Member Chairman

Member Member

Member Chairman

Member

Nominated Member

Advisor

Singapore Children’s Society is governed by the Executive Committee which has overall responsibility for policy making and governance. Members of the Committees are volunteers and receive no monetary remuneration for their contribution. Mr Koh Choon Hui is a Company Director. Mrs Mae-Lim Hoon Ann is a Liaison Officer in government service. 3 Mr Ho Lon Gee is the Managing Director of Tricor Singapore Pte Ltd. 1 2


Mr Alfred Wong BBM Assoc Prof Alice Seng Seok Hoon Mrs Amy Fam Mr Ang Choon Kiat Mr Bay Chin Chye PB Mr Brendon Yeo Dr Brian Yeo Dr Chan Chee Hoe Mr Chan Eng Thai Ms Chang Rui Hua Dr Chew Ling Dr Christina Ong Capt David Eliathamby Mr Gwee Lian Kheng BBM Mr Harry Chua Chin Nam Assoc Prof Isabella Wong Ms Jennifer Quong Dr Kevin Koh Tse-Chung Mr Koh Yeong Kheng Mr Lee Chong Chin Dr Lee Jee Mui Dr Lena Lee Mr Lim Hong Beng Dr Lim Hwee Leng Dr Lim Kim Whee Dr Magdalene Chan PPA (P) Mrs Maria Shiu Ms Mel Koh Mr Mohd Khairunan Bin Ali PPA (G) Mr Ning de Guzman Ms Norashikin Mohammed Hussein Dr Ong Bee Ping PPA Mrs Pek-Quek Swee Hee Mr Philip Tan Seng Leong PBM Prof Phua Kong Boo Capt Suresh Menon Ms Susan Verghese BBM Prof Tan Cheng Lim PPA (P) Dr Tan Seok Hui Mr Thomas Ting Dr Warren Lee Asst Prof Wernmei Yong Ade Capt Yang Siew Ms Yap Bee Cheng Mr Yeo Khee Gee PBM Mr Yew Hang Meng PBM

Member Member Member (till Jul)

Member

Advisor Member

Member (from Jul)

Member

* * Member *

Member Member Member

Member

Member Member (from Jul)

Member Member *

Member Member Member

# Assoc Prof John Elliott is also the Research Committee Chairman. * A member of the Research Committee.

INVESTMENT

AUDIT

Member Member

Member

Member

Member

Advisor

Vice Chairman

Member

Member

Advisor

Member

Member (from May) Member (from Sep) Member (from Jul) Member

SOCIAL WORK SERVICE

RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY

Member

SUNBEAM PLACE

NAME

INFORMATION AND CORPORATE RELATIONS

APPEALS

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Advisor Member Member Member Advisor Member

Member Observer Member Member Member

Member

Member


OUR WORK MS CRISTIN OH Volunteer since 2011. Former staff member at Children’s Society. Currently a school counsellor who conducts therapeutic play skills voluntarily at our service centre.

I engage the children through play and understand their personalities through these play sessions. I hope to provide them with a safe place to play, yet they can feel free to do what they want while abiding by the safety rules.

Our programmes can be alikened to the latest apps, equipping young people with the social, emotional and psychological software to succeed in achieving their goals and aspirations.

What I like about Sunbeam Place is the food, outings, activities and garden play. I am happy when I make my father, mother and paternal grandmother proud!

MS ISABELLE KHOO Volunteer since 2010. A school teacher who teaches our children abacus during her free time.

Through my interaction with the children, I have gotten more in return. It has been an interesting and enjoyable experience volunteering and helping the children to build their confidence. MUHAMMAD SHAFIQ DANIEL BIN FAKHAIRUL MIZAN, 9

ACTIVATING DREAMS WITH UP-TO-DATE PROGRAMMES


OUR WORK

In 2013, 72,640 children, youth and families benefited from our comprehensive range of programmes aimed at addressing different needs. The programmes are run by our 10 service centres islandwide, offering services in the six categories of Caregiving, Community, Developmental, Preventive, Public Education and Remedial.

OUR 10 SERVICE CENTRES ARE:

Children Service Centre

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

Research and Outreach Centre

RoundBox

Student Care Centre (Henderson)

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

Sunbeam Place

Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre

Youth Centre (Jurong)

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)


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CHILDREN SERVICE CENTRE

C

hildren Service Centre reaches out to children between 5 and 12 years old who mainly come from dysfunctional or disadvantaged families. These children often lack supervision as both parents are working, and are likely to spend their time unwisely or run the risk of dropping out of school. Through programmes such as KidzSHinE (Seeing Hope in Every kid), Choo Choo Train, KidzREACH @ Siglap and KidzUNITE, we impart positive values, encourage children to develop healthy self-esteem and combat the risk of delinquent behaviour by developing pro-social values and skills.

RESIDENTIAL CAMP: CAMP ZERO

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rom 25 to 27 November, 30 children from the Centre attended an overnight camp called Camp Zero, themed ‘Gratitude’. The camp saw the children negotiating challenging station games and a ‘high elements’ obstacle course to earn money for their dinner. Through the games, they experienced first-hand the challenges their parents go through, including the difficulty of making ends meet. During the games, they also took turns to be blindfolded, or have a limb strapped, so they could learn to be grateful for being free from disability. The children also had to learn to live without electricity and light, wash their own clothes and make their own meals.

KIDZSHINE

C

hildren Service Centre has been running KidzSHinE, a drop-in programme for primary three to six students from the disadvantaged families living in the Bedok vicinity, since 2008. The children drop by the Centre to do their homework and play together, under the supervision of staff and volunteers. On a bi-weekly basis, the social workers and counsellors conduct support group sessions for the children, dealing with their social and emotional learning components. When the programme was first started, only one class that caters to all children was conducted. After listening to the feedback from our volunteers, children and their parents, we decided to make some changes to the programme. The improvements include running separate sessions to cater to those in primary three and four, and those in primary five and six, increasing the number of support group sessions per month, and enhancing our activities that the children enjoy. Due to the programme’s popularity, we started KidzSHinE free-play days on Thursday afternoons in 2013, where the children spend an hour playing sports and games at the Centre. They are also allowed to bring a friend. The Centre also welcomes children from the community. In 2013, 73 children benefited from KidzSHinE.


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FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE (YISHUN)

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t Family Service Centre (Yishun), we promote stable family life through various services and programmes. These include financial aid, casework and counselling, enhanced information and referral services, workshops, camps and programmes like Project Invest, LEAP (Let Every Aspect Progress), EUREKA!, Storm Riders, Project REACH and Camp V-Nest. The centre received 839 Enhanced Information and Referral Service (IRS) cases in 2013. We served 612 casework and counselling cases of which 298 were new cases and 94 were reopened cases. Counselling Order (CGO) cases for family violence made up 10% of the total 612 cases. In 2013, 210 cases involved clients who were aged 41 to 50, an increase of 3% as compared to 2012. However, there was a drop of 6% to 161 cases for those aged 31 to 40 in 2013. The majority of the Centre’s clients are Chinese and Malays, constituting 254 and 259 cases respectively. The most common family types to seek help are those from the nuclear family at 51% (314 cases), followed by extended family at 19% (118 cases) and singleparent family at 16% (98 cases). Of the 612 cases, 210 cases (34%) had a total household monthly income of less than $1,000 while 222 cases (36%) had between $1,001 and $2,000. Both tiers constituted 70% of the total cases. The most common problem in 2012 and 2013 was financial with families trying to meet their basic sustenance needs. Top 5 Problems

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Top 5 Problems

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Financial issues / Basic Sustenance

325 (55%)

Financial issues / Basic Sustenance

314 (51%)

Family Violence-Spousal, Child, Elder and Sibling

69 (12%)

Family Violence-Spousal, Child, Elder and Sibling

72 (12%)

Child Behavioural Issues

30 (5%)

Child Behavioural Issues

37 (6%)

Family Issues

28 (5%)

Housing / Shelter

34 (6%)

Housing / Shelter

25 (4%)

Emotional Issues

32 (5%)


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Self-referral cases constituted 223 cases (36%); followed by referral by Others (Friends/Relatives, Family Service Centres, Voluntary Welfare Organisations, hospitals, ComCare helpline, self-help groups, etc) comprising 171 cases (28%). Social Service Office @ Woodlands was at 82 cases (13%) and the Ministry of Social and Family Development, 70 cases (11%). Of the 612 cases, 334 were closed within the year. 268 of the 273 feedback respondents indicated that they were very satisfied with our casework and counselling services. In addition, the Centre also disburses The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund to needy students living within our service precinct. In 2013, we disbursed $214,190 to 443 children from low-income families.

I would like to thank Family Service Centre (Yishun) for renewing my hope for living when I felt lost and was living in fear of no shelter for my family. After my divorce last year, I sold my matrimonial flat. My two school-going children and I were subsequently left stranded. With no roof over our heads, I approached Boys’ Town where my son was residing, which then referred me to Family Service Centre (Yishun). The Centre tried every means of helping us find a home. By December, they found my family a temporary shelter. My children and I were very grateful to have a warm place to stay during the rainy Christmas season. We also secured a BTO flat which will be ready in two years. Today, I can be assured of a better future. I will not forget the time when the kind-hearted community such as Family Service Centre (Yishun), New Hope Community Services and Mr Patrick Yap of Nee Soon had helped us. If not for all your love, care and help, we would have been totally lost. I would like to give my sincere thanks to all of you for your help and kindness. MR KOH WILLIAM AND FAMILY

FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE PROGRAMMES • Project REACH aims to improve the mental health of at-risk children from 7 to 19 years old in the community by screening and identifying them. Its aim is also to refer to or collaborate with the REACH mobile team to provide early detection and intervention, and manage cases in the community. REACH workers underwent mental health training lectures and attachments at Child Guidance Clinic to equip them with skills in early detection and intervention support for at-risk children within the community. There have been 19 enquiries made to REACH since it started in 2010, of which a total of 9 enquiries have been accepted by REACH for assessment and intervention. • Storm Riders is an anger management intervention programme for children from primary three to five. They learn effective communication, emotional management and regulation techniques, as well as positive conflict resolution skills. In addition, various cognitive-behavioural difficulties displayed by children with anger or behavioural problems are addressed. Three runs were conducted at Yishun Primary School, Jiemin Student Care Centre and Ahmad Ibrahim Student Care Centre, benefiting a total of 45 children.


OUR WORK FAMILY SERVICE CENTRE (YISHUN) 21 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 • EUREKA! is a four-session programme that equips children from primary two to five with skills and knowledge on coping with changes in life. The long-term goal is for participants to accept and adapt to the changes they face. Each session of two hours covers topics on ‘what is change?’, management of stress and emotions, building resilience and adopting a positive attitude towards changes in life. A total of 31 children benefited from the programme in 2013.

• In 2013, 37 students from Jiemin Primary School and Xishan Student Care Centre attended LEAP (Let Every Aspect Progress), a programme that looks at building self-esteem and confidence in children from primary four to six through group discussions, role play, writing of individual journals and experiential learning. Group facilitators help create a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment for participants to achieve prescribed goals.

• Camp V-Nest aims to impart universally accepted values to children through fun-filled and innovative games and activities. A single run of the camp was held at Yishun Primary School for 41 participants. Through the threeday camp, participants learnt to sharpen their communication skills, exhibit teamwork and forge memorable new friendships. The camp highlighted three values, namely Respect, Resilience and Responsibility. Two centre volunteers and a group of 18 River Valley High School students helped out as facilitators.

• Project Invest is a fun and experiential four-session course for parents with children below 12 years old and who are keen to strengthen their parent-child relationship. Topics include understanding child development and developmental needs of children, parenting styles, communication, positive discipline and parent’s attitude towards children. Two runs were conducted in 2013 with a total attendance of 21 parents.

We can see an improvement. Our son can see that we are trying to change after we practise what we learnt here. We try to be more open and discuss things. MDM JESLYN, Project Invest participant


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CHILDREN’S MEDICAL FUND

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he Children’s Medical Fund (CMF) aims to make quality medical treatment accessible to children up to 19 years old, who come from middle and lower income families, and who are suffering from chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses.

On 30 January 2013, CMF was extended to patients who are neither Singapore Citizens nor Singapore Permanent Residents but are born in Singapore and both parents have been either Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents for at least one year at the time of the applicant’s birth, and meet all other CMF eligibility criteria. Four such foreign patients were approved for CMF to a total of $54,555.81. Beneficiaries’ most common illnesses are cancer which requires bone marrow transplant, haemophilia, thalassaemia, infantile myofibroid, spinal deformity/scoliosis, developmental delays, hearing disability which requires cochlear implant or hearing aid, rare diseases like multiple sclerosis, multiple deficiencies, and others. In 2013, Singapore Children’s Society approved a total of $753,287.05 benefiting 45 applicants of whom 37 were new and 8 were repeat applicants. In all, we served a total of 58 patients including existing and new patients.

A New Beginning for Nur Aisyah Nur Aisyah, 12, was diagnosed with a rare illness called multiple sclerosis in 2012. Patients with this condition usually experience difficulties in co-ordination, balancing and moving, visual problems, fatigue, and mood swings. To stabilise her condition, she needed Rebif injections in 2012 and Tecfidera medication in 2013, both of which were fully supported by the fund at $6,000 a month. Support from her loved ones as well as her school teachers, classmates and friends lifted her spirits and helped her condition remain in remission. She managed to pass her Primary School Leaving Examination in October 2013 despite missing many classes. On 21 December 2013, Nur Aisyah’s family joined a Christmas outing to Resorts World Sentosa, which was sponsored by a group of individuals. The half-day outing gave her family the chance to bond, relax and spend quality time with each other. They participated in activities such as face painting, games and a balloon sculpting show. All of them went home happy, with a goodie bag each. Her mother and grandparents personally expressed their gratitude to Children’s Society for the CMF subsidy extended to Nur Aisyah, who is the third child among four children. They said that with medication, Nur Aisyah’s life has become normal again.


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RESEARCH AND OUTREACH CENTRE

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he Research and Outreach Centre conducts research to shed light on issues relating to children, youth and families in Singapore. Research findings are published in monographs and presented at appropriate platforms to inform services. At the same time, the Centre undertakes public education initiatives on child abuse and neglect prevention. An annual lecture is also organised in which a subject expert speaks on a topic relating to children. Direct service work is also carried out at the Centre. Social workers and counsellors work on projects to ensure that children do not miss out on an education.

COMPULSORY EDUCATION CASEWORK

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he Compulsory Education Act was implemented in 2003. According to the Act, a child of ‘compulsory school age’ is one who is above the age of 6 and who has not yet attained the age of 15 years. Under the Act, a child born after 1 January 1996 and is a citizen of Singapore residing in Singapore, has to attend a national primary school regularly unless he or she has been exempted from compulsory education. Since our first contract in 2003 with the Ministry of Education (MOE), a total of 253 children have been referred to the Children’s Society. We work to help families overcome their problems so that their children can attend school regularly. Our caseworkers collaborate with school personnel and other community agencies to integrate the children into the school system and ensure regular school attendance. Our 11th year into the project, we have been partially selffunded since we took up the first case. In 2013, the only agency contracted to work on the project, we dealt with 46 children. Of the 44 children who sat for the Primary School Leaving Examination in 2013, many of whom were children we have worked with in past years, 10 passed and went on to a secondary school.


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PRE-SCHOOL EDUCATION OUTREACH AND CASEWORK

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n 2006, Children’s Society was invited by the then-Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, and People’s Association to develop guidelines for training Grassroots Leaders (GRLs) who would call on households identified with children who are of pre-school age and are not yet registered at a pre-school. In subsequent years, we trained GRLs for the field work. Since 2009, partially self-funded, we also took on field work. Children’s Society is presently one of the three agencies contracted for this project. In 2013, we worked with 438 pre-school aged children to ensure that they are registered at a pre-school to better prepare them for formal education. At the same time, we conducted a workshop to prepare GRLs who are also involved in the outreach programme. A total of 106 GRLs attended the workshop.

PROJECT LADDER

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roject LADDER is a joint project with the Singapore Prison Service that allows children whose parents are incarcerated to maintain frequent contact through tele-visits from our Research and Outreach Centre at Bishan. Tele-visits provide an alternative mode of visitation without the need for the family to travel to the prison institutions. It allows families more choices of preferred days and times to visit. The sessions present opportunities for our social workers to engage with the families, especially the children, who can then be assessed if they are coping well with the change in family circumstances. In addition, Children’s Society refers families to appropriate community or government agencies for assistance relating to employment, financial and housing issues. It ensures that school-going children have their needs met, such as having school uniforms or pocket money. Fully funded by the Society, the facility has been well utilised since the programme started in 2003. Other organisations have since set up similar tele-visiting centres. In 2013, 277 children used our facility.

The tele-visit facility is conducive and non-threatening to children. Research and Outreach Centre staff are helpful and accommodating. I appreciate the care and concern they show towards my children. PROJECT LADDER VISITOR


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KIDZLIVE: I CAN PROTECT MYSELF

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idzLive: I Can Protect Myself is a child sexual abuse prevention programme started in 2000. Children’s Society believes that children can be empowered to protect themselves from sexual abuse. Through interactive elements such as a story and a song, the programme teaches children to look after their bodies, to differentiate between good and bad touches and to tell a trusted adult if they are touched inappropriately. The Society’s staff member first conducted KidzLive in primary schools in 2000. Occasionally, roadshows were held to reach out to the public. In September 2011, the programme was tailored for pre-schoolers and it has been well received. To reach out to more pre-schoolers, the Society piloted the ‘Train the Trainer’ approach in 2012. Training sessions were conducted for pre-school teachers to familiarise them with the KidzLive resource kit so that they could conduct the programme at their own convenience. To help the parents of pre-schoolers who attend KidzLive to understand the programme and reinforce the messages at home, an information booklet was conceived in 2012. This booklet has since been adapted and reproduced by Family to Children, a Russian social service agency, for distribution in Russia. Selected contents from this booklet have also been uploaded onto the Facebook page of Safe & Happy Kids (www.facebook.com/SafeHappyKids), an Australian social enterprise dedicated to helping parents teach their children protective behaviours. In 2013, 1,111 pre-school children benefited from KidzLive.

RESEARCH STUDIES

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ingapore Children’s Society conducts research to help us identify social trends and issues related to children, youth and families in Singapore. Presently, we have two ongoing research studies with the third one in the planning stage.

Infant Attachment Study In collaboration with KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, this longitudinal study was started in 2004 in light of the growing trend of dual-income families. It examines the contemporary caregiving practices of families in Singapore, and how these might impact mother-child attachment and children’s socio-emotional development.

Three cohorts of first-time mothers have taken part in this research study. Interviews for both the first and second cohorts have been completed and preliminary findings have been shared at local and international platforms. Data collection for the third cohort, as well as analyses for the earlier two cohorts, is still ongoing. The findings of the study will benefit caregivers, childcare professionals and policy makers.


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Public and Professional Perceptions of Child Abuse and Neglect in Singapore An understanding of how Singaporeans think about child abuse and neglect requires studying the prevailing societal attitudes, values and practices toward this issue. The current study is a replication of our initial studies on the perception of child abuse and neglect in Singapore done over a decade ago. Our original focus in the earlier studies was to ascertain whether some harmful or potentially harmful behaviours were perceived as constituting child abuse and neglect among Singaporean adults and relevant professionals who are likely to encounter instances of child abuse and neglect. This study sets out to investigate if attitudes towards child abuse and neglect have changed in the intervening period. Results will provide insights on whether the Society’s public education and outreach efforts have been helpful in guiding our continuous services toward protecting children from maltreatment. Data collection has been completed, while analysis and write-up are in progress. A monograph comparing public and professional perceptions of child abuse and neglect is nearing completion.

The Impact of Cyber Environment on Adolescents Children and adolescents today are growing up in an era of rapid advancements in information and communications technology. While the cyber environment has made significant improvements in our lives, it has also introduced a unique set of challenges, notably cyber bullying and internet addiction.

This study is a collaboration with the Institute of Mental Health, volunteer Assoc Prof Angeline Khoo and University of Turku, Finland. It aims to compare cross-cultural data on cyber usage and to explore the various factors associated with internet addiction and cyber bullying among adolescents in Singapore and Finland. In particular, the study examines how internet addiction and cyber bullying are related to physical and mental wellbeing as well as help-seeking and other associated behaviours among adolescents. Planning for this study started in 2012. In 2013, the work involved the setting up of an online survey, planning of sample, and recruitment of schools. Data collection is set to commence in secondary schools, junior colleges, polytechnics and institutes of technical education in 2014. Findings will help families, school personnel as well as professionals working with children and adolescents in the early detection of internet addiction and cyber bullying. Adopting a cross-cultural approach will provide further insights into the possible cultural influences on cyber bullying and internet addiction. This will support the development of culturally sensitive interventions.

Research Grants Children’s Society offers research grants to undergraduate and postgraduate students who do research studies on issues related to children, youths and families as part of their course work. In 2013, there were 11 successful applicants. A total of S$7,662.55 was awarded to them.


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ROUNDBOX

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oundBox is a drop-in centre that reaches out to youths through the medium of performing arts, in an environment that is safe and conducive.

You can never go far away from home. DANIEL, a former RoundBox member, when he visited RoundBox

By focusing their energies towards positive endeavours, the youths are given the chance to discover their talents in activities such as performances, sports clinics and cultural activities. These talented youths are also encouraged to spread their wings by organising and promoting competitions such as the RoundBox Breakdance Freestyle Dance Battle. Their talents were also put to good use at events such as the Children’s Charities Association Fair and Project Intan, where youths belted out Peranakan songs. In 2013, RoundBox had 652 members.


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STUDENT CARE CENTRE (HENDERSON)

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tudent Care Centre (Henderson) started as a beforeand-after school care service provider for primary school children who mainly come from low-income, single-parent and/or distressed families, and who are left at home without adult supervision. Since 2013, the Centre has switched to providing afternoon school care services as most primary schools in the vicinity have switched to single session operation. Nonetheless, the Centre continues to serve its constituents in the Henderson neighbourhood by providing outreach service through working with grassroots organisations and neighbouring kindergartens. The Centre provides a nurturing environment where children are given the opportunities to enhance their emotional, intellectual, social and physical development through various activities and programmes.

CHOO CHOO TRAIN Choo Choo Train, a programme initiated by Children Service Centre, is a community outreach project which Student Care Centre (Henderson) kicked off in 2013. It aims to instil in pre-schoolers aged 5 and 6 a total of six positive moral values such as Filial Responsibility, Respect, Gratitude, Kindness, the value of Hard Work and Honesty. The Choo Choo Train programme employs a combination of puppetry, storytelling, role plays, games and activities to keep each session lively and engaging for the children. The sessions are held at two PAP Community Foundation kindergartens in Henderson where the pre-schoolers are studying. In 2013, 192 children participated in Choo Choo Train.

KIDZREACH @ HENDERSON KidzREACH @ Henderson is an outreach programme that the Society embarked on in 2012 which focuses on character development for primary three and four children living in rental flats in the Henderson neighbourhood. The weekly programme allows children to learn and develop life skills and values through meaningful activities such as art and craft sessions, games and outings where children are exposed to experiential learning. In 2013, 22 children participated in KidzREACH @ Henderson.

I enjoyed KidzREACH. It was very fun and it taught me different values. The most memorable activity was when I learnt about Thomas Edison. He never gave up even though he failed many times. He tried and tried until he succeeded. I also learnt about empathy and understood its meaning. DEQ NUR ZULAIKA

9, beneficiary at Student Care Centre (Henderson)


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STUDENT SERVICE HUB (BUKIT MERAH)

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tudent Service Hub (Bukit Merah) reaches out to youths in secondary schools in Project CABIN, a school-based after-school drop-in programme. The Centre also houses the Tinkle Friend Programme, which runs the Tinkle Friend Helpline and the Tinkle Friend Online Chat – a national toll-free helpline and chatline, respectively, for primary school children in Singapore and co-ordinates the Vulnerable Witness Support Programme which provides support for vulnerable children who are providing evidence in court. The Centre is also the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore’s (IDA) appointed administrator for iNSPIRE Fund and advocates a bully-free culture in schools through the Bully-Free Programme.

BULLY-FREE PROGRAMME

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he Bully-Free Programme was started in 2004 to address the issue of school bullying and its impact on those involved. The programme aims to promote a bully-free culture in schools. It operates on two levels, namely Public Outreach and School Outreach. To reach out to the community, we host a Bully-Free Campaign Website (www. bullyfreecampaign.sg), and organise annual Bully-Free Forums to raise awareness on the topic of school bullying among educators, social service practitioners and parents. Our school outreach efforts include conducting Bully-Free Awareness Talks for schools, and running teachers’ training and parenting workshops in schools.

Bully-Free Forum The annual Bully-Free Forum titled ‘Covert Bullying – What Goes on Behind the Scenes?’ was presented by Dr Barbara Spears at Republic Polytechnic on 17 August.

Gracing the event was Guest-of-Honour Ms Sim Ann, then-Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Communications and Information and Ministry of Education. Dr Spears is the Co-Director of the Citizenship and Wellbeing Research Group of the Centre from Research in Education, and Senior Lecturer from the Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia. The Forum saw 220 participants.

Bully-Free Talks and Training Workshops The Bully-Free School Talk is a comprehensive 30-minute talk which covers the different types of bullying, the three parties involved in a bullying situation, effects of bullying and tips on handling bullying. To help the students remember what they have learnt better, a short quiz was included at the end of the session. In 2013, a total of 34 Bully-Free talks were conducted in 26 primary and secondary schools reaching out to 29,296 students. As for our Bully-Free Parenting Talk, it aims to equip parents with the necessary knowledge and skills to help and support their children who may be involved in bullying. In 2013, 40 parents benefited from a single run of the talk. Our Bully-Free Teachers’ Training Workshops aim to impart skills on intervening in and managing bully situations to adult educators. In 2013, two runs of the Bully-Free Teachers’ Training Workshops were conducted, reaching out to 128 school personnel.


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INSPIRE FUND

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ccess to information and communications technology is an essential component of the local education system today. The NEU PC Plus Programme by the IDA helps students or persons with disabilities and low-income families own a new computer with bundled software as well as free three-year broadband subscription at an affordable price. iNSPIRE Fund, a fund that supplements the NEU PC Plus Programme, allows a beneficiary to earn a computer by performing some acts of community service. Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah) is the agency appointed by IDA as the administrator for iNSPIRE Fund. In 2013, the iNSPIRE Fund benefited 195 students.

PROJECT CABIN

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roject CABIN is a school-based drop-in programme that allows our youth workers to reach out to youths more effectively as they spend the bulk of their time in school. The mission of Project CABIN is ‘A meeting point of discovery and friendship’.

I am very honoured to receive the award. I am encouraged to volunteer more in the future. GAN BAO NA

15, Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award Recipient 2013

Project CABIN provides a place for youths 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 support for students in need. The latest Project CABIN, named ‘The Hideout’, was launched by Ms Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, at Shuqun Secondary School on 23 March. In 2013, 6,489 students visited Project CABIN across the 17 secondary schools which run the programme.


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CABIN Club

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ince 2002, students from secondary schools participating in Project CABIN have the option of joining CABIN Club as part of their Co-Curricular Activity (CCA). It aims to instil in members ‘Care for the self, the school and the larger community’. Through CABIN Club, life skills and values of resilience, respect and responsibility are imparted to its members. The members are involved in planning and decision making for Project CABIN, while youth workers from Children’s Society act as advisors to these students and groom them in leadership roles. At the inaugural Singapore Children’s Forum on 23 November, three CABIN youths were conferred the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award 2013 as they were recognised for their contributions to the CABIN, their schools and the community as well as promoting volunteerism among their schoolmates. To engage CABIN Club graduates to continue volunteering with the Society, a Project CABIN Alumni Club was formed. An Alumni Committee was officially established on 23 October, with 58 members in the club. In 2013, nine schools offered CABIN Club as a CCA with 225 CABIN Club members in total.

TINKLE FRIEND Types of Calls Received

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2013

Bored and chit-chat

40.5%

42.1%

School-related

13.8%

15.3%

Peer-related

10.3%

12.6%

Family-related

6.9%

5.5%

Sharing of happy events

2.6%

2.6%

Boy-girl relationships

2.1%

0.9%

Grief

0.4%

0.3%

Alleged child abuse

0.4%

0.3%

Enquiry about Tinkle Friend Helpline

1.2%

2.4%

Attempt to contact (caller tries to make conversation but line is disconnected)

8.7%

8.9%

Others

13.1%

9.1%

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inkle Friend Helpline (1800 2744 788) is a national toll-free helpline for primary school children who need a listening ear. Manned by trained volunteers, the helpline provides support, advice and information to lonely and distressed children, especially in situations where their parents or main caregivers are unavailable. Boredom and school-related issues remain the most commonly cited reasons for calling the helpline. A total of 1,701 calls were made to Tinkle Friend Helpline in 2013.


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2013

Feel helped

99.5%

99.8%

Did not feel helped

0.5%

0.2%

Summary of Outreach Efforts

2012

2013

37

28

Number of children reached through assembly talks

30,362

23,380

Number of students reached through BUZZ Tinkle Friend newsletter

109,021

106,475

Number of school assembly talks conducted

Tinkle Friend Online Chat and New Logo Tinkle Friend Online Chat service (www.tinklefriend.com) was soft launched in December 2013. The chatline is also manned by trained volunteers and is meant for primary school children who need a listening ear.

Tinkle Friend Camp The Tinkle Friend Camp is an annual event that is targeted at primary school children aged 9 to 12. ‘EXPLORE’ was chosen as the theme of the camp as the organisers wanted the campers to pick up self-management skills, which is one of the five core Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies of the SEL framework. Through interactive activities and fun games, the campers learnt the benefits of goal setting, understanding their strengths and weaknesses and how to better manage their emotions while under stress. A total of 125 children participated in the camp in 2013.

To appeal to the current generation of students, the Tinkle Friend logo was revamped.

VULNERABLE WITNESS SUPPORT PROGRAMME

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he Vulnerable Witness Support Programme (VWSP) which was started in 1998, is an initiative of the then-Subordinate Courts, working with Singapore Children’s Society, in collaboration with the Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Singapore Police Force. The aim of the VWSP is to provide emotional, non-evidentiary and practical support to vulnerable witnesses. Testifying in court can be a stressful and frightening experience, especially so for children. This can lead to their testimonials being undermined or deemed ineffective in the eyes of the court. Hence, Children’s Society recruits and trains volunteers to help vulnerable child witnesses under the age of 18 who have to give evidence in court.


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These trained volunteers are assigned to the child witnesses, who may be victims or witnesses to crimes, to help them deal with their fears and anxieties, and to familiarise them with judicial procedures. Preparing child witnesses to better cope with court proceedings and testifying in court would lead to more positive outcomes. Five cases were referred to us in 2013. Life isn’t just about ourselves. There are many people out there who need us to help them, especially vulnerable children. I am thankful to have come across a newspaper article about Singapore Children’s Society’s VWSP eight years ago and decided to volunteer my time for the programme. I hope these children have recovered emotionally along the way. They are much braver than adults at times. MS LINDA TEO, Volunteer Support Person

SUNBEAM PLACE

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unbeam Place is a residential home and gazetted place of safety for abused and neglected children in need of protection or whose parents are unable to provide proper care.

It provides a home-like and loving environment for children aged between 2 and 18 years, and also counsels and helps them cope with their emotions of fear, anxiety, worry or guilt. The programmes offered at Sunbeam Place cater to the children’s social-emotional and developmental needs. In 2013, Sunbeam Place had 82 residents as compared to 93 in 2012.

NEW PROGRAMME PAIDEIA In line with Sunbeam Place’s vision of nurturing residents to embody the values of Resilience, Respect and Responsibility, a character-building programme, Paideia, was introduced at Sunbeam Place in November 2012. Paideia means ‘education’ in Greek. It is to help children understand, learn and apply the values in different settings in their daily lives. Paideia was conceived by a pair of volunteers who also runs the weekly programme for the residents at the Home. Children, aged between 8 and 11 years who are enrolled in this programme, learned values such as Responsibility, Resilience, Determination and Kindness. Each lesson included at least one activity to engage the children to practise the values taught. Through this programme, the children showed signs of improvement such as becoming more well-behaved and pro-active in learning. We continue to ingrain in them good values so they will be better people in years to come. In 2013, 11 residents benefited from Paideia.


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TALENT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AT THE LITTLE ARTS ACADEMY

Caseworkers at Sunbeam Place have long noticed that some residents are better able to concentrate for an extended period of time when they are doing activities within their areas of interest. Thus, the Home decided to help them by providing them with more learning opportunities, such as signing the residents up for art programmes through the Talent Development Programme at The Little Arts Academy (LAA). The programme, which is fully funded by The Business Times Budding Artists Fund (BT BAF), offers a variety of art classes such as dance, music and visual arts. The residents reported that they looked forward to attending their classes at LAA every Saturday. They have been observed to be more confident after attending each session. This can be attributed to the new skills they gained and friends they made at the Academy. Through the programme, the residents get to hone their skills and talents, which in turn builds up their strengths and makes them feel more resilient and motivated to tackle life’s challenges. Many more residents have requested to join the LAA classes after observing how their other residents have benefited from the programme. In 2013, 13 residents aged 8 to 12 were enrolled in the programme.

Sunbeam Place takes a holistic approach to aspects of learning by children by focusing on their physical, social and emotional development and well-being. We see children’s learning as integrated and interconnected. By providing appropriate learning through character building and talent development programmes, our children grow with positive values and are more confident. They gain enthusiasm to learn and develop interests through enjoying what they do. Achievement becomes a motivating factor as the children work towards building competence and self-esteem. DR SIEW LAI KEUN, Director, Sunbeam Place


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TALKS AND WORKSHOPS PROGRAMMES CENTRE

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ur tenth service centre, the Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre, aims to draw on Children’s Society’s years of experience and the knowledge gleaned from our work with children, youth and families over the years. As part of our outreach effort, we hope to be able to share this with the community, including our three target groups – children and youth from 5 to 17, parents and caregivers, and volunteers and teachers who work with our children and youth target group.

The Family Life Education Programme arms parents and caregivers with positive parenting skills and seeks to enhance family bonds. The Centre reaches out to children and youth through schools and other community partners to run talks and workshops focusing on enhancing the social and emotional competencies of our young ones through the Children and Youth Programme. In 2013, 175 and 2,264 participants benefited from the Family Life Education Programme and Children and Youth Programme respectively. The Character Development Programme aims to inculcate positive universal values in children and youth. In 2013, the Society was invited by the Tanglin-Cairnhill Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) Grassroots Leaders to run a monthly workshop focusing on imparting positive values to a group of children from the lower income families. 414 children and youth benefited from the Character Development Programme in 2013.

The monthly Character Development Programme session helps to inculcate in our children the various values which are important to prepare them for the challenges ahead. Given their complex family background and complicated home environment, they would have difficulty learning these values from their parents or older siblings. The families found the programme helpful. MR SOH CHEE KEONG

BBM JP

Chairman, Tanglin-Cairnhill CCC


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YOUTH CENTRE (JURONG)

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outh Centre (Jurong) reaches out to youths living and studying in Jurong through a variety of programmes such as TeenStart, TeenzLife and TweenzLife. The objective is to boost the self-confidence of youths through equipping them with skills and knowledge. The youths also organised the annual YouthGIG 2013 concert, which saw 49 of them putting their artistic talents to good use. TeenStart is a drop-in programme where youths visit the Centre and enjoy facilities such as a pool table, a dance studio and computers. They also receive support and guidance from the counsellors when they face issues pertaining to their personal, family, social or school life. There were 246 members in TeenStart in 2013.

In 2013, the Centre put together a series of TeenzLife and TweenzLife programmes, reaching out to secondary and primary schools respectively in the Jurong neighbourhood. Our counsellors conducted assembly talks, workshops and groupwork at the schools to complement the schools’ efforts in enhancing socio-emotional learning among students. Topics included body image, boy-girl relationships, bullying and cyber wellness issues. In our smoking cessation campaign, 520 primary four and five students learnt about the harmful effects of smoking and ways of ‘Saying No’ to smoking. Through TeenzLife and TweenzLife, we reached a total of 7,758 secondary school youth and 9,428 primary school students respectively. 92% of the 17,186 students reached in total reported that they have gained at least one learning point from the programmes they attended.

Some time back, I felt lost and did not have a goal in life. After I joined the Centre and participated in their programmes, I found my purpose in life. The staff members are friendly and always listen to our problems and try to offer us solutions too. TOMMY, 20, alumnus of Youth Centre (Jurong)

TEENSTART: CELEBRATING COMMUNITY As a form of giving back to our community, youth from Youth Centre (Jurong) put together a mini concert at Jamiyah Children’s Home as part of the Hari Raya and National Day festive celebrations on 16 August. Our youths took this initiative further by partnering the K1 students from Little Wings Jurong Spring Childcare Centre to put up an exuberant performance. All 13 youths who participated in this project gained tremendously, from teaching the pre-schoolers various grooves and songs for the Dikir Barat performance to being appreciative of many little things they have long taken for granted such as having a home to return to every day and parents who love and care for them.


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YOUTH SERVICE CENTRE (TOA PAYOH)

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outh Service Centre (Toa Payoh) undertakes youth-related social services. It works with delinquents referred from the Juvenile Court and the Police (for the Attorney General’s Office) to mitigate at-risk behaviours. The Centre also runs diversionary programmes which aim to stabilise youth behaviour, and mentoring programmes which give youth and their families positive role models to emulate. The Centre also manages a drop-in centre, RoundBox.

BEACONWORKS

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eaconWorks is offered to youths who exhibit less serious delinquent behaviour at the Beyond Parental Control (BPC) Pre-Complaint Screening stage. It is a six-month diversional rehabilitative programme to help youths and families resolve and stabilise their relationship issues. By offering this diversionary alternative, we are able to reduce the potential strain on the parent-child relationship. In 2013, there were 8 cases.

BEYOND PARENTAL CONTROL (BPC) PRECOMPLAINT SCREENING

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Most Common Behaviour Complaints Lodged by Parents/Guardians Behaviour*

No. of Cases

nder Section 50 of the Children and Young Persons Act, Chapter 38 stipulates that a parent/guardian of a child/ young person (under the age of 16) has the power to bring his or her charge before the Juvenile Court if the child is deemed Beyond Parental Control. Every Friday at the Juvenile Court, our team of social workers and counsellors screen complaints from parents wanting to pursue the BPC order. At this preliminary stage, we mediate minor relationship issues and redirect cases to diversional programmes or Family Service Centres for further intervention.

Running away Truancy

250 240

Staying out overnight

233

Violence

163

Smoking

145

Theft

145

Moral risk

91

Dishonesty and defiance

61

Drinking alcohol

53

Suicide/self-harm

44

Addiction

43

Tattoos and piercings

29

Gang

27

Substance abuse

27

Police investigations

26

In 2013, we screened 391 cases. The most common complaints lodged by parents involved truancy, staying out late and running away from home. Mothers formed the majority of the complainants.

Abuse and trauma

24

Public nuisance Youth threatened with BPC order

15 1

*Complainants reflect multiple behaviour problems.


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BPC PRE-COMPLAINT MEDIATION

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ases which require further assessment after the BPC screening stage are referred to the Pre-Complaint Mediation programme. Comprising four to eight sessions of assessment and mediation, these sessions allow families to resolve minor issues outside the Juvenile Court system. 2013 saw 78 BPC Pre-Complaint Mediation cases.

BPC PARENTS MANDATED ORDER

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arents are critical in moderating the behaviour of wayward children. Hence, the Juvenile Court mandates some parents whose children are under the BPC Court Order to attend counselling sessions at the Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh).

The sessions are designed to equip parents with effective parenting skills. The Juvenile Court imposes a bond of $1,000 or up to $5,000 for parents to attend counselling sessions. In total, 54 parents went through this programme in 2013.

BPC STATUTORY SUPERVISION ORDER

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he aim of the court order is to provide supervision and guidance for the child in his/her natural environment. Under the order, counsellors and social workers will supervise and counsel wayward youths and their parents for a period of between one and three years. In addition, various activities such as Family Day, which aim to foster stronger family unity, are organised. In 2013, 29 such cases were registered.

There was a time when I thought I knew everything about my daughter. Now I have learnt that there is more to discover about my child and it has made me a better parent. FATHER OF A 15-YEAR-OLD GIRL

undergoing the BPC Statutory Supervision Order


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YOUTH FAMILY CARE PROGRAMME

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he Youth Family Care Programme is run in partnership with the Juvenile Court. We match volunteer mentor families to befriend, mentor and support juvenile delinquents who are under court orders.

During the one-year term of the contract, the mentor families serve as positive role models to the youths and their families. By building a relationship with the youths, the mentor families are also able to provide an alternative positive family environment. To date, we have matched 46 cases.

BUDDY CARE PROGRAMME

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he Buddy Care Programme is an initiative of the Juvenile Court in partnership with Singapore Children’s Society and Cornerstone Community Services Centre. The principle of this programme is to have ‘youths mentoring youths’ with peers leading by example.

The mentors are a group of trained youths aged between 18 and 30 years. These youth mentors befriend and support youths placed on court orders. Their positive involvement can have a vast impact on youths who are at risk of becoming chronic offenders. To date, we have matched 23 cases.

GUIDANCE PROGRAMME

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he Guidance Programme is a six-month counselling and rehabilitative programme which helps first-time juvenile offenders, referred by the Police, recognise the severity of their actions and the consequences of a repeat offence. The programme also aims to educate both youths and their families on how to prevent reoffending. We conducted simulated court proceedings to help our youths in the Guidance Programme understand the juvenile justice system. This gave them an opportunity to empathise with victims and parents by seeing the consequences of their offences. Our Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh) ran group work sessions for parents and youths of the Guidance Programme. Among others, sessions included talks on topics such as effective communication skills. In 2013, we handled 68 cases. Theft is the most common offence committed by both male and female youths. There was a higher percentage of male offenders. The average age group for both the genders was between 14 and 15 years.

It is humbling to realise that even after all these years of my work with families, there is still so much to learn about the benefits of family’s support to a child. DR CAROL BALHETCHET

Senior Director, Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)


OUR VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF

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OUR VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF

Singapore Children’s Society owes much to the dedication and commitment of our volunteers and donors, who strive to make a difference in the lives of children in need. Let us not forget our staff who at times, go beyond the call of duties to bring smiles to their charges.

Some individuals have contributed for almost a lifetime while some corporate partners choose to support specific projects. Through a diverse range of activities, staff, volunteers and donors all come together to protect the physical, mental and emotional well-being of our children. This provides real and lasting changes, not only for the children and youths, but also for their families.


VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF RUTH WONG AWARDEE 2013 42 OUR Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

Mr Tan Suee Chieh receiving the Ruth Wong Award from Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing, then-Acting Minister for Social and Family Development.

MR TAN SUEE CHIEH

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r Tan Suee Chieh joined Singapore Children’s Society as a member of the Appeals Standing Committee in 1992. Two years later, he was elected to the Executive Committee, the Society’s highest policy and decision making body. In 2007, he was re-elected as a member of the Executive Committee for another term. In 2009, Mr Tan was elected as the Chairman of the then-Remuneration Committee. Mr Tan has been the Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee since 2008 and the Chairman of the Audit Committee since 2010. Mr Tan is currently the Group Chief Executive Officer at NTUC Enterprise Co-operative Limited. Previously, he was the Chief Executive of NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he held senior management positions in both local and international companies during his 25-year career in the commercial sector. He also holds several directorships, both local and international. Mr Tan has willingly shared his considerable experience and perspectives, and has consistently given sound advice and guidance to the staff as well as fellow Executive Committee members at Singapore Children’s Society. Recently, Mr Tan won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Advertising Singapore in 2012, the Outstanding Chief Executive Officer of the Year 2012 from the Singapore Business Awards last year, and the 2013 May Day Awards’ Friend of Labour award. For his dedication and outstanding voluntary service in the Executive Committee and Audit Committee, Singapore Children’s Society is honoured to bestow on Mr Tan Suee Chieh the distinguished Ruth Wong Award.


OUR VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF GOPAL HARIDAS AWARDEE 2013 43 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

Ms Helen Tjandra receiving the Gopal Haridas Award on behalf of the estate of her late aunt Mdm Chin Mee Ngo from Guest-of-Honour Mr Chan Chun Sing, then-Acting Minister for Social and Family Development.

THE FAMILY OF THE LATE MDM CHIN MEE NGO

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ention the late Mdm Chin Mee Ngo and her family will associate her with someone with a very big heart who had a soft spot for the less fortunate. She was a very thrifty person who regularly donated money to various charities. In her spare time, she volunteered at homes for the elderly and counselled ex-offenders. In June 2012, Singapore Children’s Society experienced her generosity when we received a cheque of about $1.38 million from the estate of the late Mdm Chin Mee Ngo. This is Children’s Society’s largest single donation from a deceased estate to date. The youngest child in the Chin family studied at Nanyang Girls’ High School before furthering her studies at National University of Singapore where she read a Bachelor of Arts degree. After working for several years, she did her Master’s degree at Iowa State University in United States and wrote a thesis called ‘A Descriptive Analysis of the Diffusion of Family Planning Innovation in Singapore’. For the generosity shown towards us, Singapore Children’s Society is honoured to bestow the distinguished Gopal Haridas Award to the estate of the late Mdm Chin Mee Ngo.


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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE RECIPIENTS OF SINGAPORE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY AWARDS 2013

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naugurated in 1982, the annual Singapore Children's Society Awards formally recognise the dedication and generosity of the many volunteers and donors whose contributions have helped build a better life for the children under our care. In 2013, a record 61 awards were conferred on individuals and companies who have contributed to the Society. Five awards were also handed out under a new category – the Commendation Service Award. This award recognises those who have volunteered their services and made significant contribution to the Society on an ad-hoc basis for less than five years.

RUTH WONG AWARD

SILVER SERVICE AWARD

Mr Tan Suee Chieh

Ms Annie Gan Mr Danny Wong Kok Keong

GOPAL HARIDAS AWARD The Family of the Late Mdm Chin Mee Ngo

GOLD SERVICE AWARD Mrs Joanna Ang Singapore Pools

Eastspring Investments (Singapore) Limited Mr Johnny Ng Boon Ping Ms Srividhya Sridhar

COMMENDATION SERVICE AWARD Mr Andrew Sindhunatha Ms Audrey Chua Sing Li Mr Lark Lim Chwee Chua Nanyang Polytechnic School of Information Technology Singapore Institute of Management Psychology Society


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PLATINUM AWARD

SILVER AWARD

NTUC Income Insurance Co-operative Limited

Amtek Precision Technology Pte Ltd

Seagate Technology International

Asia Polyurethane Mfg Pte Ltd

Mr Ang Poh Siew Capita Pte Ltd Mr Chan Heng Kian

GOLD AWARD Air Line Pilots Association Singapore

Charles & Keith (Singapore) Pte Ltd CME Group Mr Eddie Tan Cheng Soo EL Development (Clementi) Pte Ltd

Amway (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Furama Pte Ltd

Far East Organization

Mr Goh Ing Sing

Herbalife International Singapore Pte Ltd

GTH Consultancy Services Pte Ltd

Lee Foundation

Keppel Corporation Limited Lim & Tan Securities Pte Ltd

M1 Limited

Lucrum Capital Pte Ltd

Map Pacific Pte Ltd

N. R. Mistri Singapore Trust

Dr N K Yong and Mrs Melina Yong

Nadathur Fareast Pte Ltd

National Environment Agency

Dr Ng Chin Siau

Star Controls Engineering Co. Pte Ltd

Noble Group

Mr Tan Kok Teng

Pan Pacific Singapore

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S) Pte Ltd

Mr Pe Kok Boon

The Family of the Late Mdm Teo Chin Luan

Roche Singapore Pte Ltd

Tote Board and Singapore Pools

SAP Asia Pte Ltd

Rose Marie Khoo Foundation Star Pest Control Pte Ltd The Family of the Late Mr Cheng Moh Yun The Family of the Late Mdm Cho Yeok Fong Mr Ti Lian Seng Union Contractors (S) Pte Ltd Wee Aik Koon Pte Ltd Wilmar International Limited


VOLUNTEERS, DONORS AND STAFF TESTIMONIALS 46 OUR Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

TESTIMONIALS MDM HADIJAH

MS SUSAN THNG

Parent of Ilhan, 9, who is a participant of KidzREACH @ Henderson

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lhan’s behaviour has improved after he joined KidzREACH @ Henderson. He now better manages his anger and throws fewer tantrums. He looks forward to the programme every week and finds it very interesting, especially outings and outdoor activities. The staff try their best to accommodate the needs of the children and parents and I am satisfied in their involvement in the activities.

Centre Supervisor, Xishan Student Care Centre

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hank you and your staff for running LEAP at Xishan SCC. We received very positive feedback from our kids. All of them enjoyed the programme. We used to hear ‘boring’ from them but not for LEAP. I hope that they will remember what they have learnt and will put it into practice. We hope to arrange similar runs next June and December holidays.

MS SAMANTHA LIM

MRS SARASA SESHADRI

Assistant Director & Head, Student Care Centre (Henderson)

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ur programmes at Student Care Centre (Henderson) will continue to focus on character building for our children and enable them to learn through fun and games. Response towards our outreach programmes so far has been positive as seen in our children’s high participation rate. This is thanks to our staff and volunteers who made this possible. Previously, our ad-hoc volunteers would volunteer for the study programme during school term. Now, they have gone a step further by organising games and activities for our children during school holidays.

62, Volunteer Support Person

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have volunteered for VWSP since it started in 1998. It is sad that children have to go through court proceedings. Volunteers like me make sure that it is less stressful for them. I love helping kids and making their day a little better. I hope that they will feel better when there is someone with them throughout. Volunteering in Singapore Children’s Society has become a part of my life and I will continue to do so as long as there is a need.

MS JOY AND TEAM

Sponsor for a Christmas outing for Children’s Medical Fund patients

POH PIN LOONG

13, Former beneficiary at Student Care Centre (Henderson)

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miss talking to the teachers as they were always there for me, listening to my problems and encouraging me.

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e believe that it’s time to give and share the blessing so we initiated this Christmas event. Despite challenges in the preparation process for the event, it still went smoothly. Indeed, it was a meaningful and successful event which makes us feel fulfilled and satisfied. We would like to organise more of such events and share the blessing again.


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TESTIMONIALS

MDM MAZNAH

MS WONG HUI MEI

Participant of Project Invest

Research Grant recipient

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’m thankful for Singapore Children’s Society’s support of my presentation at the 3rd Global Conference: Childhood – A persons project, held in Oxford, United Kingdom from 18 to 20 July 2013. The conference was a timely reminder for me to always be hungry for knowledge and think creatively. Although I’m currently not working with children directly, the majority of the clients that I see do have children and I believe that the exposure from this conference and what I’ve learnt will definitely come in handy in one way or another in my social work career.

MR JACKY TAN, MS CHAN QING RONG, MS GRACE YAP, MS JERRINE KHONG AND MS ROSIE LIM Research Officers from Research and Outreach Centre

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e are glad and encouraged that our empirical research adds value to intervention and public education programmes that benefit children and their families.

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t is a good thing that Project Invest is conducted in a small group so that we are not so shy to share our experiences. After a person shares, you realise ‘her situation is similar to mine’ and we can discuss it openly and share ideas.

MS OLIVIA TEO

Executive Principal of My First Skool centres at Choa Chu Kang

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he size of the props used for the KidzLive programme is big enough to capture children’s attention and keep them engaged. Children are also able to remember the messages from the programme. It would be good if this programme can be conducted again for our children to help reinforce their learning.

MISS SYLVIA TASLIM

Corporate lawyer and Sunbeam Friends Club volunteer for under a year

MS DOREEN FU KidzLive volunteer

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eaching the children to protect themselves is so important, especially in our present time where most parents, both fathers and mothers are working, and the children are usually left with helpers at home. With parents so busy and also more concerned about academic achievement, KidzLive will help arm the children with the knowledge of protecting themselves and help them to be more aware of the people and the environment around them. This is something that schools will not teach and parents themselves will not realise the importance of.

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ew things are more satisfying than seeing the children’s beaming faces after a day’s activities. I give a little time, but am rewarded with so much more.

DOMINIC CHO

Student from Qifa Primary School

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t was interesting and I learnt to manage my anger and stress. I think I am coming back for the Tinkle Friend camp next year!


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TESTIMONIALS MR LEON PERERA

MR LIOW YING SENG

Chief Executive Officer, Spire Research and Consulting

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Volunteer

pire Research and Consulting is privileged to have partnered the Singapore Children’s Society Research and Outreach Centre for three consecutive years in support of The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore’s Corporate Community Day. We have enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the children and their parents through craft activities, a terrarium-building workshop as well as long kang fishing. Our hope is for these activities to encourage confidence, curiosity and family bonding for the families who benefit from the wonderful work of Children’s Society. It is not that we have made a difference to the children’s lives – the truth is, they have made a difference to ours.

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wish to applaud Ms Ailing, Ms Mirah and everyone at Children Service Centre for the work you do, especially when you stay back late or run activities for children on weekends. Coming from the finance industry, I feel that people seem to only care about money, which kind of derails our values and the really important things in life. So, it is good to know people like you and the work you do, and how relentlessly you care about it.

MDM AZIZAH

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y daughter Anna Lysha binte Johari has been visiting Youth Centre (Jurong) since she entered secondary school, which is near the Centre. This made it convenient for her to meet up with friends after school and to participate in the fun activities organised by the Centre. I feel lucky to be living in the block next to the Centre so I do not have to worry about her whereabouts if she decides to stay longer. She is presently studying in ITE College West and still visits the Centre after school to participate in the activities and meet her friends. I feel that this is a healthy way for her to spend time after school. I find the activities at the Centre well organised. The students, like my daughter, can mingle with other friends and get to learn new skills taught by the Centre. Parents get to participate in some of the programmes, which allow us to bond with our children and meet their friends and their parents. I would also like to applaud Youth Centre (Jurong) for having counsellors who are able to advise both students and parents. I had the opportunity to talk to one of the counsellors at the Centre, Ms Christina Appadoo*, who helped me with some difficulties which I faced not long ago with my two children. I understand that Ms Appadoo is currently no longer with the Centre. I would like to thank her as well as the Centre for the service rendered to the students and their parents. * Ms Christina Appadoo, former Deputy Director and Head of Youth Centre (Jurong), has since returned to Mauritius, her home country, and continues to work in the social service sector. She had served with Singapore Children’s Society for 12 years.


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TESTIMONIALS MS CATHERINE SANCHEZ MADERAZO

Senior Social Worker, Family Service Centre (Yishun), and staff-in-charge of Children’s Medical Fund

MS ANNE CHOR

Tinkle Friend Volunteer since 2008

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hildren tend to feel helpless in the face of their fears and worries. It may be difficult for them to communicate their woes to their parents, especially when their concerns revolve around the topics of family or school and study matters. One day, a 9-year-old called to say that she had failed her Maths and English examinations. She felt stressed and frightened because her mother would cane her. I empathised with her and shared with her that we all live and learn at the same time. I also told her that it was fine to feel upset for a while. The amount of school work she had could be overwhelming and it could make things easier if we used the right methods to study for different subjects. We discussed the various methods of revision. She sounded more hopeful as we chatted. She said that she would promise her mother to do well the next time.

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find my job fulfilling despite the hard work and time put in to ensure that every applicant receives a good amount of attention. I am very grateful that I am given a chance to mingle and spend time with the patients. I know my effort has paid off when I see them smile.

MR ANDRE KWEK

21, CABIN Club Alumnus and a regular volunteer

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he thing that I cherish most about 2013 is my volunteer work with youths! I want to thank Singapore Children’s Society for that!

MS ANN HUI PENG

Director, Children Service Centre

MISS YONG KWAI HOONG

Counsellor, Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

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s the iNSPIRE Fund requires students to serve the community before getting financial assistance from the scheme, this is a good way to show the students that they too can make a difference to those around them though they are receiving assistance.

STUDENT AT ZHENGHUA SECONDARY SCHOOL

after attending the Cyberwellness Talk

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’ve learnt tips on protecting myself from cyber bullying.

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n 2013, our team wrote to a few confectioners to request for a sponsorship of 60 cupcakes and chocolates. One of the companies responded and agreed to our request. Wanting to know more about our work, the sponsor visited our Centre one afternoon for an informal chat. What we didn’t expect was that after the visit, he heartily agreed to gift our Centre’s confectionery needs for an entire year, on the condition that he remains as an anonymous donor. On behalf of our children who got to enjoy the yummy treats and birthday cakes, we would like to thank this donor for his gift to us. With such positivity around, I hope that our children here will model after our staff, volunteers and sponsors, and when their time comes, do their bit to contribute back to society.


FACTS AND FIGURES

Working hand in hand with the children, volunteers from the OCBC Global Investment Banking division created cupcakes from scratch, decorating them with colourful candies.

CAPTION

ENHANCE

EFFECTS

DOING OUR BEST IN DOING GOOD


FACTS AND FIGURES SERVICE STATISTICS OUR RANGE OF SERVICES

CENTRE

2012

2013

Children’s Camp

Children Service Centre

58

54

Children’s Day Celebration

Children Service Centre

68

64

Children’s Talk *

Children Service Centre

34

28

Choo Choo Train

Children Service Centre

403

363

kidsREAD

Children Service Centre

20

21

KidzHOPE (reacHing Out, helPing familiEs)

Children Service Centre

16

25

KidzREACH @ Siglap

Children Service Centre

48

61

KidzSHinE (Seeing Hope in Every Kid)

Children Service Centre

69

73

KidzUNITE

Children Service Centre

18

22

Overcoming Shyness

Children Service Centre

18

14

Parenting Talks and Workshops *

Children Service Centre

45

0

Camp V-Nest

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

49

41

Casework and Counselling

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

587

612

Children’s Medical Fund

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

28

58

Children’s Day Celebration

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

0

62

Community Outreach Events

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

30

91

EUREKA!

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

14

31

Family Day

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

90

119

IRS (Enhanced Information Referral Service)

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

844

839

LEAP (Let Every Aspect Progress)

Family Service Centre (Yishun) / Children Service Centre

39

51

Project Invest

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

17

21

REACH

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

0

2

Storm Riders

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

28

45

Sunbeam Friends Club

Family Service Centre (Yishun) / Children Service Centre / Student Care Centre (Henderson)

139

139

Supervised Studies

Family Service Centre (Yishun)

22

0

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Workshop #

Research and Outreach Centre

21

71

Community Outreach Events #

Research and Outreach Centre

414

106

Compulsory Education Casework

Research and Outreach Centre

43

46

KidzLive #

Research and Outreach Centre

1,124

1,111

Pre-School Education Outreach and Casework

Research and Outreach Centre / Children Service Centre

317

438

Project LADDER

Research and Outreach Centre

250

277

Singapore Children’s Society Lecture #

Research and Outreach Centre

150

157

Choo Choo Train

Student Care Centre (Henderson)

0

192

KidzREACH @ Henderson

Student Care Centre (Henderson)

24

22

Parenting Talks and Workshops *

Student Care Centre (Henderson)

20

15

Student Care

Student Care Centre (Henderson)

55

55


AND FIGURES SERVICE STATISTICS 52 FACTS Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

OUR RANGE OF SERVICES

CENTRE

2012

2013

Bully-Free Camp

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

80

0

Bully-Free Campaign *

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

14,383

6,984

Bully-Free Forum #

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

270

220

Bully-Free School Talks *

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

25,886

29,296

iNSPIRE Fund

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

208

195

Project CABIN

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

5,108

6,489

Singapore Children’s Forum #

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

0

422

Tinkle Friend Camp

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

123

125

Tinkle Friend Helpline

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

2,508

1,701

Vulnerable Witness Support Programme

Student Service Hub (Bukit Merah)

7

5

Sunbeam Place Ex-residents

Sunbeam Place

64

81

Sunbeam Place Residents

Sunbeam Place

93

82

Character Development Programme *

Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre

0

414

Children and Youth Programme *

Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre

0

2,264

Family Life Education Programme *

Talks and Workshops Programmes Centre

0

175

KidzREACH @ Taman Jurong

Youth Centre (Jurong)

41

40

Parenting Talks and Workshops *

Youth Centre (Jurong)

87

7

TeenStart

Youth Centre (Jurong)

655

246

TeenzLife *

Youth Centre (Jurong)

6,332

7,758

TweenzLife *

Youth Centre (Jurong)

8,773

9,428

YouthGIG

Youth Centre (Jurong)

77

49

BeaconWorks

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

15

8

BPC Investigation

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

18

0

BPC Parents Mandated Order

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

74

54

BPC Pre-Complaint Mediation

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

125

78

BPC Pre-Complaint Screening

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

475

391

BPC Statutory Supervision Order

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

40

29

Buddy Care Programme

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

12

5

GP Family Day

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

63

47

Guidance Programme

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

46

68

RoundBox

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

371

652

Youth Family Care

Youth Service Centre (Toa Payoh)

3

1

Total for Public Education and Targeted Talks Programmes

57,539

58,456

Total for All Other Services

13,500

14,184

TOTAL

71,039

72,640

* These are Targeted Talks Programmes. # These are Public Education Programmes. Note: Singapore Children’s Society is committed to reaching out to children, youth and families in need via our range of services. The above data includes both primary and secondary services based on our six categories, namely Caregiving, Community, Developmental, Preventive, Public Education and Remedial services.


FACTS AND FIGURES FINANCIAL INFORMATION SUMMARY 53 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

BREAKDOWN OF TOTAL INCOME 2012

2013

78.3%

Donations

77.2%

15.1%

Grants

16.4%

6.6%

Others

6.4%

BREAKDOWN OF TOTAL EXPENSES 2012

2013

65.4%

Service Programmes

60.8%

12.3%

General and Administration

11.4%

19.2%

Fund-raising

26.2%

3.1%

Publicity and Promotion

1.6%

BREAKDOWN OF EACH DONATION DOLLAR 2012

2013

40.4%

Service Programmes

41.8%

7.6%

General and Administration

7.8%

11.8%

Fund-raising

18.1%

1.9%

Publicity and Promotion

1.1%

38.3%

Surplus

31.2%


AND FIGURES AUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2013 54 FACTS Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

BALANCE SHEET 2012 (S$’000)

2013 (S$’000)

215

396

18,776

14,538

18,991

14,934

Inventories

15

9

Deposits, Prepayments and Other Receivables

632

571

Fixed deposits with financial institutions

36,402

45,019

Cash and Deposits

5,872

7,386

Current Assets

42,921

52,985

Total Assets

61,912

67,919

38,919

44,238

247

246

20,712

20,459

iNSPIRE Fund

38

7

Madam Ho Yun Wai Fund

0

505

1,060

1,367

60,976

66,822

Provision for Restoration Costs

113

113

Payables

823

984

936

1,097

61,912

67,919

ASSETS Property, Plant and Equipment Investments Non-Current Assets

FUNDS AND RESERVES Accumulated Fund Professor S.S. Ratnam Memorial Fund Children’s Medical Fund (CMF)

Fair Value Reserve Total Funds and Reserves LIABILITIES

Total Liabilities Total Funds, Reserves and Liabilities

The Society is governed by the Executive Committee which is the final authority and has overall responsibility for policy making and governance. Members of the Committee are volunteers and receive no monetary remuneration for their contribution. The Society has in place a conflict of interest policy in its Code of Conduct. All members of the Committee and senior management are required to declare their interest periodically.

Reserves Policy Singapore Children’s Society will raise funds to support our current and future services to reach out to more children and families in need, up to a maximum of 5 times our projected future gross operating expenses. Such funds do not include funds specified for restricted use. Auditor: Lo Hock Ling & Co

Key Bankers: CIMB, DBS, OCBC, UBS, UOB


FACTS AND FIGURES AUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2013 55 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013

INCOME AND EXPENDITURE STATEMENT % Breakdown of Receipts

Income

2012 (S$’000)

2013 (S$’000)

2012

2013

Donations

12,644

13,721

78.3%

77.2%

Grants

2,448

2,918

15.1 %

16.4%

Others

1,065

1,136

6.6%

6.4%

16,157

17,775

100%

100%

Total Income

% of Total Income 2012 (S$’000)

2013 (S$’000)

2012

2013

299

388

1.9%

2.2%

Service Programmes

6,227

7,050

38.5%

39.6%

General and Administration

1,228

1,389

7.6%

7.8%

309

200

1.9%

1.1%

Fund-raising

1,911

3,210

11.8%

18.1%

Total Expenditure

9,974

12,237

61.7%

68.8%

Surplus of Income over Expenditure

6,183

5,538

38.3%

31.2%

Expenditure Service Programmes – Restricted #

Publicity and Promotion

# This refers to expenses incurred for Children’s Medical Fund only.

ANNUAL REMUNERATION OF TOP THREE MANAGEMENT STAFF Annual Remuneration

Number of Management Staff 2012

2013

Between S$100,001 and S$150,000

2

1

Between S$150,001 and S$200,000

1

1

Between S$200,001 and S$250,000

0

1

Note: Includes basic salary, bonuses, allowances and the employer’s contributions to Central Provident Fund.


AND FIGURES MAJOR DONORS 56 FACTS Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 S$100,000 and above

S$10,000 to S$19,999

Amway (Singapore) Pte Ltd Children’s Charities Association Feng Ming Construction Pte Ltd Ho Yun Wai NTUC Fairprice Foundation Ltd NTUC Income Insurance Co-Operative Limited Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited Singapore Totalisator Board Tan Kok Teng

Abwin Pte Ltd ADDP Architects LLP Aerospec Supplies Pte Ltd Aircraft Interiors (S) Pte Ltd AL Wealth Partners Pte Ltd AMC Group China (S) Pte Ltd Anbros Industries (S) Pte Ltd Anthony Law Corporation Ascendas Gives Foundation Asia Chemicals Trading Pte Ltd Automobile Megamart Ltd Bengawan Solo Pte Ltd Bernard Jean Sabrier Broadway Food Centre (Holdings) Pte Ltd Capita Pte Ltd Chan Heng Kian Charles & Keith (Singapore) Pte Ltd Chee Wee Kiong Chng Chor Tong Chu Wei Hua Chua Buan Ling Alicia Chye Joo Construction Pte Ltd CME Group [Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc (Singapore Branch)] Connect Electrical Engineering Pte Ltd Cuffz Holdings Pte Ltd DBS Bank Ltd D-Ron Singapore Pte Ltd Dunman High School (Joy) Eco Green LVD (S) Pte Ltd Effissimo Capital Management Pte Ltd Evangel Family Church Ltd Event Business Management Pte Ltd Four Seasons Durians Pte Ltd G & C General Contractors Pte Ltd Genisys Integrated Engineers Pte Ltd Grandluxe Private Limited GroupM GroupM Singapore Pte Ltd Hai Sing Catholic School Heptagon Micro Optics Pte Ltd Ho Lee Group Pte Ltd Ho Li Wah Hoe Kee Hardware Pte Ltd

S$50,000 to S$99,999 Far East Organization Foo Seng Ngan Joyce Gwee Yow Pin Dick Herbalife International Singapore Pte Ltd Noble Group Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (S) Pte Ltd

S$20,000 to S$49,999 Clickevents.com.sg Pte Ltd CMA Mental Arithmetic Centre Pte Ltd Furama Pte Ltd KLA-Tencor (Singapore) Pte Ltd Kuan Im Tng Temple (Joo Chiat) Lee Foundation Singapore Mind Stretcher Education Group Mobile Cranes Asia Pte Ltd Mt Pleasant Referral Clinic Pte Ltd Nadathur Fareast Pte Ltd Navroji Rustamji Mistri Deceased Re: Mistri Singapore Trust Neo Garden Catering Pte Ltd Straits Construction Singapore Pte Ltd Tang Kee Heng Gary Ti Lian Seng Union Contractors (S) Pte Ltd Wee Aik Koon Pte Ltd Winner Engineering Pte Ltd

Hsuen Chow Pte Ltd Hup Yew Sen Construction Pte Ltd IC Vision Pte Ltd Infinity Treasure Pte Ltd Integrated Health Plans Pte Ltd Inter Island Manpower Pte Ltd IWA Design Pte Ltd Jasper Drilling Pte Ltd Just Education Holdings Pte Ltd Kaltech Engineering & Refrigeration Pte Ltd Kelvin Tang Keong Hong Construction Pte Ltd Keppel Care Foundation Lagardere Services Singapore Pte Ltd Lee Bon Leong Lee Chern Su Leon Lee Yew Hock Lee Ying Leng Fei Leo Chun Kong Leong Auto Trading & Transport Services Leverage Holdings Pte Ltd L’il Champs Collection Pte Ltd Lim Sam San Linhart Group Pte Ltd Loke Yuen Kin Ruby Lubritrade Trading Pte Ltd Ma Kuang Healthcare Group Pte Ltd Maybank Kim Eng Securities Pte Ltd MecFlou Pte Ltd Nanyang Primary School Ng Li Ling Odyssey The Global Preschool Pte Ltd OES Construction Pte Ltd Oh Min Sen Vernon Overseas Academic Link Pte Ltd Ow Chin Seng Oxley Holdings Limited PAP Community Foundation Playbox Distribution Pte Ltd Power Partners Private Limited Practical Solution Pte Ltd Premier Taxis Pte Ltd QCD Technology Pte Ltd


FACTS AND FIGURES MAJOR DONORS 57 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 Redtec Industries Pte Ltd Sanchoon Builders Pte Ltd Sea Hub Energy Pte Ltd Singapore Enrich Group Pte Ltd Singapore Petroleum Company Limited SK Chemical Trading Pte Ltd Society of Project Managers Sun Tech Door & Shutter Pte Ltd Tan Cheng Soo Eddie Tan Ean Kiam Foundation TBC HR Consulting (S) Pte Ltd Teo Cheng Peng The Ascott Limited The Quantedge Foundation TNT Express Worldwide (S) Pte Ltd Trustees of Isaac Manasseh Meyer Trust Fund U & P Pte Ltd Unique Gas Solution Pte Ltd United Bunkering & Trading (Asia) Pte Ltd UOL Property Investments Pte Ltd V3 Construction Pte Ltd Viking Engineering Pte Ltd Walton International Group (S) Pte Ltd Wang Aik Peng Eric Winston Engineering Corporation Pte Ltd XMH Holdings Ltd Yap Aye Wee Yuan Sang Pte Ltd Zhang Yuncheng

S$2,500 to S$9,999 Abbott Laboratories (S) Pte Ltd Adrenalin Group Pte Ltd Advance Waterproofing & Construction Pte Ltd AHE Pte Ltd Alpha Investment Partners Limited Andre Philip Ess Ang Chern Chern Ang Choo Poh Belinda Anjali Mohan Ramchand Argus Media Limited Aroma Chemicals Pte Ltd Ascendas Funds Management (S) Ltd

Asia Foundry & Engineering Pte Ltd Asia Genesis Asset Management Pte Ltd Atek Precision Toolings Pte Ltd Auto Moto Resources Pte Ltd Autopoint Motoring Aztech Group Ltd Azure Pte Ltd B & G Consultant Pte Ltd B K W Rent A Car Pte Ltd Bedok South Secondary School Bestech Integrated Pte Ltd BHP Billiton Marketing Asia Pte Ltd Borneo Motors (S) Pte Ltd Brian Holt Gambrill CDI Multiseals Pte Ltd Centiforce Instruments Pte Ltd Chan Hean Kheong Chan Hian Siang Chang Kung Ling Changkat Primary School Chay Oh Moh Chee Fatt Company Pte Ltd Chee Kum Chong Peter Chee Soo Leng Chen Boon Kiaw June Chen Yun Hian Christopher Cheng Hong Wing Alfred Cheng Kwee Kiang Cheng Yoke Ping Chew Kong Wah Chew Sun Huat Ch’i Life Pte Ltd Chia Hwee Ming Chiang Hock Seng Patrick Chiang Siew Hwa Chin Hon Motor & Trading Pte Ltd Chinniah Kunnasagaran Chionh Chye Khye Chong How Tzek Chong Keen Loon David Chong Keng Ban Johnson Chong Kwok Whye Chong Poh Soon Chong Sabrina Chong Shiling Grace Choo Hsun Yang Choo Hui Leng Charlyene Chow Joo Ming

Chow Pei Pei Cindy Chua Chek Beng Chua Chin Hui Alroy Chua Chong Yeow Chua Hai Siew Ambrose Chua Kee Teang Chuah Pei Yi Joanne Chuang Aik Machinery & Engineering Pte Ltd Chung Lai Leng Ruth Chung Sook Yee Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore CoE Marketing (S) Pte Ltd Community Service Projects Pte Ltd Conval Hardware Engineering Pte Ltd Coway Marine Services Pte Ltd Credit Suisse AG Customer Capital Consulting Pte Ltd Demierre Pascal Dennis Wee Realty Pte Ltd DesignHub International Pte Ltd Dieu Eng Luke Dimension Data (Singapore) Pte Ltd DNIV Systems Pte Ltd Dredging International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd Dunearn Secondary School Dunman High School (Care 4 Children) Dunman High School (Smiling Rainbows) Dunman High School (Sunshine) Dunman High School (Zashiki Warashi) E.id Projects Pte Ltd Eastern Blasting & Coating Pte Ltd Ebel Industries Pte Ltd Energy Drilling Management Pte Ltd EPL Alliance Pte Ltd Ernst & Young Estron Marketing Pte Ltd Etonhouse Capital Pte Ltd Etonhouse Pre-School Pte Ltd (223@Mountbatten)


AND FIGURES MAJOR DONORS 58 FACTS Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 Expats Furniture Rental Pte Ltd Fernando Bernand FIS Technology Services Singapore Pte Ltd Fong Sal Lin Carrol Foo Kian Fong Foo Poh Ling Paulina Foong Poh Weng Forrest Design Pte Ltd Foundation Communications Pte Ltd Franklin Offshore International Pte Ltd Frederick Dart Fung Yuit Leng Fusen Development Pte Ltd Gallant Granite Pte Ltd Gallery Osmanthus Singapore Pte Ltd Gan Kok Tuan Gary Tang Gencorp Management Pte Ltd Gerald William White G-Force Network Pte Ltd Glaziers Pte Ltd Gn Chiang Yam GNS Storage Pte Ltd Goh Gaik Choo Peggy Goh Miah Kheng Goh Sok Kiang Judy Gopal Chand Anand Grandeur Nail Grimberg Joseph Growing Families International Singapore Pte Ltd Grundfos (Singapore) Pte Ltd GS Precision Pte Ltd Gtech Far East Pte Ltd Hah Hen Khean Highway International Pte Ltd Hotel Re! Pte Ltd How Shee Loon Aloysious Alan Hsieh Tsun Yan Hwa Chong Institution (Bravehearts) I M Kinetic Asia Pte Ltd I2R Consulting & Engineering Services Pte Ltd I-Bridge Design Pte Ltd Ichi Seiki Pte Ltd

Id Architects Pte Ltd Ikano Retail Asia (IKEA Tampines) Integrated Lens Technology Pte Ltd Intellectual Property Office of Singapore International Baccalaureate Organization (Singapore Branch) Intertek Testing Services (S) Pte Ltd Iouri Verchok Jack Investment Pte Ltd JCS-Echigo Pte Ltd JIP Construction Pte Ltd Jit Keong Trading Co Joanna Siy Cheng John While Springs (S) Pte Ltd Jovan Tech Pte Ltd Jung Li Koon & Gary Lai Wai Keat Jurong Port Pte Ltd Kah Hong Pte Ltd Kao Su Hsien & Kelly Wang Karthigansan’s Investment Consultancy Pte Ltd Kee Sek Huat Kevin Yap Kewal Ramani Foundation Khoo Choon Tin Khoo Kei Siong Khoo Kian Leng Winston Khoo-Oei Mavis Kian Seng Fresh Produce Pte Ltd Koh Ah Nang Koh Kim Leng Michael Kok Pei Li Joyce Kok Tat Onn Marcus Kong Wai Chong David Koo Alvin Kumon Asia & Oceania Pte Ltd Kwan Hon Weng Kwan Yong Construction Pte Ltd Kwok Kian Hee Lam Beng Chuan Arthur Lam Su Chien Lau Choon Mun Lau Mei Hwa Lau Meng Hwa David Learning Vision @ The Grassroots’ Club Lee Fah Trading Co. Lee H.Y. Alfred Lee Han Chew

Lee Keng Heng Lee Moo Hiang Lee Siong Kee Lee Teng Yong Lee Wan Choy Lee Welded Mesh Singapore Pte Ltd Lee Yip Phi George Leong Wai Ping Li Qianwei Li Shuwen Liannex Corporation (S) Pte Ltd Liew Yoon Sam Lim Angela Lim Ban Lai Dennis Lim Boon Huat Lim Boon Seong Lim Chiew Sen Lim Fang Peng Lim Hng Chew Lim Hong Liang Lim Hua Ming Andre Lim Kee Eng Shirley Lim Keng Long Lim Leong Bee Lim Liang Song Lim Moy Hai Lim Siaw Bian Lim Su-Ching Valencia Lim Yong Choon Ling Pek Ling Lingjack Engineering Works Pte Ltd Linn Yeh Ching Li-Tec Manufacturing Pte Ltd Litshan Asia Pte Ltd Liu Chow Yee Loh Albert Loh Chwee Chew Mooring Services Pte Ltd Loh Swee Heng Loke Wai Yin Longxiang Construction Pte Ltd Loo Kum Wah Low Chin Heng LSW Consulting Engineers Pte Ltd Lucky Realty Company Pte Ltd Lye Yi Chang M1 Limited Map Pacific Pte Ltd Matthew Chiong Partnership Maybank MCL Land Limited


FACTS AND FIGURES MAJOR DONORS 59 Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 Megastrike International Pte Ltd Mid-Continent Equipment Group Pte Ltd Mido Uniforms Pte Ltd Mieke Chamberlin Mitsubishi Electric Asia Pte Ltd MKE Timber Solutions Pte Ltd MM3 Systems Pte Ltd Moerwanto Bambang Mok Kwong Weng M-Tac Pte Ltd Nancy Lim Nanyang Polytechnic (SIDM) NCS Pte Ltd New Columbia Colour Pte Ltd Nextek International Pte Ltd Ng Boon Hong Francis Ng Boon Seng Ng Chun Jie Ng Ee Wah Eric Ng Hui Ng Meng Heng Ng Min Yee Ng Seng Tat Ngai Wai Chung Ngee Ann Primary School Nichiren Shoshu Buddhist Association (Singapore) Nordic Maritime Pte Ltd Noryanismayus Enterprise NS Multy Family Office Pte Ltd Ntegrator Pte Ltd NYK Group South Asia Pte Ltd Om Prakash Kishor Anand Omni Integer Pte Ltd Ong Seow Yong Osim International Ltd Palm Beach Seafood Restaurant Pte Ltd Parkway Hospitals Singapore Pte Ltd Pebble Place Development Centre Phua Ngee Boon Polaris Network Pte Ltd Poon & Phay Dental Surgeons Pte Ltd Pow Ah Kern Power Finance Pte Ltd Prime Orbital Technologies Pte Ltd Primos Singapore Pte Ltd

Pure Fitness (AST) Pte Ltd QCI Lab Engineering Pte Ltd Quants Associates Quek Cheng Chye Ronnie Quek Chin Hock Raffles Institution Republic of Singapore Navy Samwoh Corporation Pte Ltd Saraswathy Kindergarten Scan-Bilt Pte Ltd Seacold Seafoods (S) Pte Ltd Searights Maritime Services Pte Ltd Sembcorp Industries Ltd – SUT Seng Kang Primary School Shaw M.J. Shin Hong Engineering Pte Ltd Sim Bee Lian Sim Cheng Huat Sin Hong Hardware Pte Ltd Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd Singapore Resource Association Pte Ltd Siow Chee Khiang Slide & Hide System (S) Pte Ltd Sng Sheau Huei Societe Des Matieres Premieres Tropicales Pte Ltd Soh Loh Ping Robin Solstad Offshore Asia Pacific Ltd Soumen Mitra St Joseph’s Institution Junior St Patrick School Stamford Engineering Pte Ltd Standard Chartered Bank Starhub Limited Stephen Miller Steven Thong Strategic Marketing (S) Pte Ltd Su Credit Sufri Burhan Sumitomo Chemical Singapore Pte Ltd Superworld Electronics (S) Pte Ltd Surface Preparation Engineering Pte Ltd Swee Builders Pte Ltd Symantec Singapore Tai Pei Yuen Temple Talreja Manoj Nandlal

Tan Ban Gee Tan Bee Hiok Tan Beng Tan Tan Cheong Pin Tan Eng Joo Tan Hiap Tia Bruce Tan Hong Beng Tan Huey Khiang Tan Keong Keen Andrew Tan Ming Hong David Tan Poh Choo Tan See Choy Tan William Tan Woon Teck Tan Yap Phang Steven Tan Yee Shu Tan Yih San Tat Lee Engineering Pte Ltd Tay Cheng Imm Dawn Tay Cheng Poh Tay Chin Phuan Teh Sau Lim Teo Bo Quan Jareth Teo Chee Shi Teo Hong Lim Teo Jeremiah Teo Keng Chiong Teo Kian Lam Teo Seng San Teo Soon Ann Spencer Teo Su Ping Aleena Teow Hang Seng Tham Kum Fei Alan Than Chung Kiat The Estate of Wee Aik Koon The Flip Flop Shop Pte Ltd The St. Regis Singapore Thermotron-CE Technology Pte Ltd Thomson Reuters Asia Pte Ltd Thomsons Online Benefit Tjong Tju Din Toe Teow Heng Top Tech Electrical Engineering Pte Ltd TP Seu Teck Sean Tong CF Com Trade Promoters International Pte Ltd Trivision Pte Ltd UE E&C Ltd UES Holdings Pte Ltd


AND FIGURES MAJOR DONORS 60 FACTS Singapore Children’s Society ANNUAL REPORT 2013 Universal Jewellers Pte Ltd UPF Logistic Services Pte Ltd Valleteau De Moulliac Francois Marie Joseph Dominique Varl Office Systems Pte Ltd Venus Maritime Pte Ltd Victor Lye Vishaal Khanijow Wan Siew Hoong Wang Gumanti Kelly Kao Su Hsier Wartsila Singapore Pte Ltd Weiken.com Decor Pte Ltd Wenul Development Pte Ltd Wing Ship Marine Services Pte Ltd Wong Hai Tor Nigel Wong Hansen Wong Poh Swan Wong Pui Ying Wong Ser Chong Wong Siew Yeng Wong Toon Jin Wong Yung Guang Raymond Xinmin Secondary School XL Services Switzerland XZ Management Pte Ltd Yahya Abdulhussain Lukmanji Saif Charity Trust Yap & Ang Surgical Associates Pte Ltd Yap Kheng Wah Yap Soon Heng Yau Poh Yong Yeh Jin Tat Yeo Chee Hwang Yeo Hong Construction & Engineering Pte Ltd Yeo Li Hwei Yeo Lian Sim Yeo Yee Han Yeow Aik Liang Daniel Yeow Thean Lai Eric Yeung Kwok Fai Yew Choo Sng Yi Kai Development Pte Ltd Young Scientists Reader Pte Ltd Yung Bee Eng


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Singapore Children’s Society Annual Report 2013  

A razorSHARK design. 2014, March.

Singapore Children’s Society Annual Report 2013  

A razorSHARK design. 2014, March.