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Strengthening Communities in Low-Income Families in Singapore

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Author(s): Members from LKYSPP, Ng Lin Kai, Chua Hui Chee, Xiong Hao Ming, Mohammed Masrahi

46 in-depth interviews with households in low-income neighbourhoods were conducted to find out how local stakeholders (such as Beyond Social Services, Resident’s Committee, Family Service Centre, and the community residents) can best support low-income families to integrate into the larger community. These interviews analysed the relationships between individuals (micro) as well as between community stakeholders (macro).

The macro analysis revealed that there were problems with community stakeholders collaborating with each other, problems with the representativeness of community leaders and that sources of funding decided the bargaining power of stakeholders. The micro analysis revealed that there was a lack of effective platforms needed to bridge segregated social networks, a lack of meaningful activities and emotional support to bond residents.

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Youth and Social Interaction

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Author: Tan Jiang Ling Germaise from Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Having problems with social interaction and relationships has been shown to be linked with aggressive verbal and physical behaviour. This kind of behaviour is one of the risk factors for delinquency in youth. In 2011, this paper discussed an intervention program that helps youth develop awareness of their social interaction styles as according to the DiSC Personality Test. With this data, Beyond Social Services uses these profiles to focus on a strength-based model when working with at-risk youth.

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Children and Young Persons Act

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Author: Beyond Social Services

In 2010, Beyond published a report on recommendations that should be incorporated into the proposed amendments of the Children and Young Persons Act. It focused on the inconsistencies present throughout the sections of the bill and aspects that should be added into it. For example, in regards to the New Section 8A, Beyond notices that it gives more power to executives concerning the need for child protection and should thus be questioned and made more specific.

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Round two of feedback of the Children and Young Persons Act then looked at the amended bill that was introduced during the parliamentary session. It focused on areas in which are ideas were taken into consideration, areas in which improvement should still be made, and new areas that were added and should be revised. Overall, the efforts of Beyond’s advocacy emphasised how weaknesses in our child protection system lie in the inability of the state, the families, the communities and voluntary work organisations to work together towards a vision.

Historical Influences in Child Law

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Author: Samuel Tang

This report from 2009 talks about the influence of historical practices on the evolution of child laws and how family rights are treated in accordance. It finds that people have different thresholds of what is and what is not acceptable in families and thus the concept of abuse is a socially defined phenomenon. The public response to the injustices of child abuse has been insufficient in rooting out the real problem of child abuse and it marginalised certain class structures instead. Psychological findings can categorise good and bad parents without understanding specific circumstances.

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Uncovering Community Visions

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Author: Beyond Social Services

Beyond Social Services believes in a strengths based approach when improving the conditions of youth and their families. One of the first steps in achieving this is through uncovering a community vision. The Youth United team in Ang Mo Kio sought to find a community vision among the people they worked. This paper documents the process of uncovering this vision through the team in AMK in the hopes of kick-starting future projects.

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Kids United Home

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Author: Beyond Social Services

Kids United Home is a small residential program for youth aged 7-14 that are unable to stay home for various reasons. It serves as a place of healing, compassion, and community for children that are unable to find these things at their own home. A small group home minimises the ill effects of long term institutionalisation and achieves the goals of interpersonal development and healing, respite, and restoration more effectively.

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Juvenile Crime

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Author: Beyond Social Services

In 2004, Beyond published a report concerning juvenile crime. We recommended initiatives that can be taken towards addressing juvenile delinquency. These initiatives answered concerns of what can be done to deter youth from crime, how we can encourage youth not to join gangs and alternative ways to manage minor offenders. Many of these initiatives focused on taking a diversionary approach when managing delinquency in youth.

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Feedback on the implementation of UNCRC

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Author: Beyond Social Services

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child is an international charter that points out a set of rights that every child must have and Singapore pledged its commitment to the promotion and protection of these rights. In 2010, Beyond reflected on the implementation of these rights in Singapore and gave eight points of feedback. Some of the reflections include how the Children and Young Person’s Act does not cover youths between the ages of 16 and 18, how we should improve access to affordable child care for low income families, and how the age of criminal responsibility should be set to an age above 7 years.

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Bureaucratisation Of Social Work

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Author: David Howe

In 1992, this paper published by David Howe discussed the bureaucratisation of social work. The way people’s problems are framed often determines the kind of care necessitated for it. This is how social work became increasingly bureaucratised, especially when concerning child abuse. Child abuse was a prevalent problem around the 1970s and there was a failure in the current practice of social work. Thus, the government implemented solutions that made the whole practice of social work legal and bureaucratic. While this was not the intention, the management of the solution favoured a bureaucratic administration.

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The Babes Program and the Law

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Author: Beyond Social Services, Babes Committee

Babes is a crisis intervention program that aims to help pregnant teenagers by providing support emotionally and physically. In 2009, this paper discussed the impact that section 22 of the Criminal Procedure Code has on Babes attempt to support pregnant teenagers. Section 22 makes it a legal duty to inform the police of offences of statutory rape and sexual penetration of minors under 16. Our concern is that this legal duty may have a detrimental impact on the situation or make the teenager hesitant to reach out for help.

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Share-A-Meal Compassion Fund Evaluation

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Author: Laldinkima Sailo

Share-A-Meal is a program that takes place every 7th day of Chinese New Year where people “share-a-meal” by donating the cash value of a meal. Schools then collect money through this program and place it into the Compassion Fund, a fund for students whose families are in a crisis that could lead to poverty or other major problems. In 2008, this report evaluated and reviewed the Compassion Fund, finding areas of strength and potential improvement.

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