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Social Goal

Families are able to be strong and stable.

 

Priority Outcome

Disadvantaged individuals and families were equipped and supported to meet their basic needs.

 

Strategies

Effective outreach to multi-stressed, disadvantaged families.

Enhance self reliance in meeting basic needs of family members.

Build resilient families.

 

Programmes funded/administered by NCSS

a.

Family Service Centres

b.

Single-parent Family Support Services

c.

Services for Remarriages and Step-families

d.

Family Violence Prevention and Intervention Programme

e.

Counselling Services

f.

Suicide Prevention Service

g.

Aftercare Case Management Service

 

a.

Family Service Centres

Family Service Centres (FSCs) are a key community-based focal point and social service provider for families in need. The objectives of FSCs are to promote and improve the social well-being of every individual in the family, at every stage of life. FSCs are staffed with social workers and other professionals to provide a helping hand.

 

FSCs are run by voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) and supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), Community Chest and Singapore Totalisator Board. With effect from 1 Jul 2013, the MSF will oversee the Family Service Centres. For more information, visit the MSF's website.

 

b.

Single-Parent Family Support Services

The objectives of a Single-Parent Programme are to support and promote the psycho-emotional well-being of single-parent families towards stability, growth and acceptance of the new family unit. The services provided include family casework and counselling, support groups, programmes for children, and public education.  

 

c.

Services for Remarriages and Step-families

The holistic programme helps remarried couples and their families cope with their new roles and adjust in their reconstituted families. The services provided include family casework and counselling, support groups, programmes for children, and public education.

 

d.

Family Violence Prevention and Intervention Programme

The Family Violence Prevention and Intervention Programme aims to help victims, perpetrators and witnesses of family violence. It also aims to create greater awareness in the community about issues on family violence through public education and outreach. The programme involves services ranging from remedial services to preventive and developmental programmes. These include casework and counselling, group work, and workshops.

 

e.

Counselling Services

Counselling services aim to help those suffering from psychological issues, anxiety, and behavioural difficulties arising from relationship problems, addictions, bereavement and lifestyle pressures.


Counselling provides individuals with opportunities to explore and work towards living in a more satisfying way. People may find themselves unable to cope with certain situations or to adapt their mode of life to changed circumstances. As such, counselling is especially helpful in times of crisis or change, such as severe or traumatic accident, bereavement, life-threatening illness, loss of employment or home, marital difficulty or other broken relationships which disrupt the previous pattern of life.


Counselling helpline services are also available to provide a listening ear to anyone who needs to talk about their concerns. Information and referral are also available for those with specific needs.

 

f.

Suicide Prevention Service

Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) provides confidential 24-hour emotional support by trained volunteers to people in crisis, thinking of suicide or affected by suicide.

 

g.

Aftercare Case Management Service

The objective of the aftercare case management service is to facilitate the reintegration of ex-offenders into families and the society. Such service also aims to harness greater community resources in efforts to reintegrate ex-offenders.

 

The aftercare case management service assists ex-offenders in attaining employment/job training, securing accommodation, developing social support and coping skills, and attaining a positive lifestyle.

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