Self-Reliance from the Perspective of Financial Assistance Beneficiaries and Social Workers: a Foucauldian Discourse Analysis

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Author: Pee Abigail, National University of Singapore
Partnering with Beyond Social Services, Sengkang FSC and Serangoon Moral FSC, the study employed semi-structured interviews of beneficiaries and social workers to understand how the discourse of self-reliance occurs in the Singapore social service sector.
Findings from this research highlighted that self-reliance was constructed as an outcome, process, and frame of mind. Achieving self-reliance was discoursed as an individual, community and systemic effort, including discursive constructions such as employment and skills-upgrading, moral support from the community, and understanding systemic barriers.
The findings justified the need for the reconsideration of interventions towards financial assistance beneficiaries such as the use of asset-building to cope with economic and social shifts, provision of higher moral support, and higher emphasis on clinical social work to drive systemic changes. Further implications also include challenging the dominant discourse of self-reliance, and the need for social workers to practise reflexivity.

Understanding the Underserved Needs of Youth-At-Risk in Singapore: A Self-Determination Approach

In Reports, Resources by Sam

Commissioned by Caritas Singapore, this study identifies gaps in services for youth-at-risk from the perspective of social service professionals and youth-at-risk. Results showed a mismatch between social service provision and client expectations, and highlighted the importance of considering the psychological need for autonomy and relatedness in bridging the gaps.

With regards to Beyond-specific data, the youth participants of Beyond Social Services reported more positive experiences of psychological needs (autonomy, competence and relatedness) and physical needs in their lives, as well as through the programmes at Beyond.

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Giving Choices Back

In Media mentions by Sam

In ArtsWokCollaborative E-Newsletter Issue #2, Dec 19, 2018

Community development is “about giving the choices back to the community” says Izzaty Ishak, a theatre-maker and community worker with Beyond Social Services. “Their personal stories become a strength, an opportunity for them to educate other people.”

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How Beyond Social Services scheme gets rental block residents to help one another

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In Straits Times newspaper Nov 21, 2018:

“It is such strong neighbourly ties that Beyond Social Services hopes to foster through its Youth United Programme. It facilitates the building of relationships between rental block residents through activities and common interests and through such ties, residents come together to tackle their neighbourhood’s and their own issues.”

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