Family Group Conferencing

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Authors: Rapti Siriwardane and Vincent Lim

In 2007, Beyond published a report on family group conferencing. A Family Group Conference is a voluntary and consensual decision making meeting for families or community groups to implement a plan that keeps children safe. This empowers the family to make the primary decisions concerning their children rather than external authorities. Through this method, Beyond believes that we are able to achieve the principles of restorative justice.

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Outreach to unwed mothers in Singapore

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Author: PromiseWorks

In 2004, PromiseWorks, Beyond Social Services, and other social service agencies identified the circumstances of unwed mothers in Singaporean society and determined the resources available to them. With this information they found gaps in the services provided which Beyond could fill. These include raising awareness of unwed mothers among public and volunteer welfare organisations, targeting the education system, and raising general awareness about the resources available to unwed mothers through publicity methods.

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ART: Beyond’s Model of Delinquency

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Author: Beyond Social Services

In 2003, Beyond published a report on their ART model, which stands for Advocacy, Resource Mobilizing, and Training. Beyond’s model exists to “fight” delinquency among children and youth in the lower strata of Singaporean society. This model stresses the importance of the external environment in influencing individual decisions.  Thus, the approach to the delinquency model pays equal attention to both the environment and the individual. It focuses on problem solving rather than problem diagnosing, and explores strengths and opportunities.

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Asset-based community development

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Author: Alison Mathie, Gord Cunningham

In 2002, a report from St. Francis Xavier University was published about asset-based community development. While a needs-based approach is focused on identifying the problems to find solutions, asset-based community development (ABCD) focuses more on the communities’ strengths and assets as a way to inspire positive change. It allows for the community to drive the development themselves by identifying existing assets. ABCD is seen as a promising strategy for community development and could be used a framework for organisations and governments.

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Home visits for at-risk families

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Author: Pascale Carleen Paul

Home visits are often conducted by Beyond for at-risk families or children. In 2007, this report talked about how it’s important to focus on the family’s strengths during home visits instead of disempowering them. More action will then take place after the visit in resolving conflict. A home visit can cause more harm than good if not conscious of their position as a social worker and open-minded about the lives of the families they are visiting.

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Retrospective report from Beyond Social Services

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Author: Beyond Social Services

In 2000, Beyond crafted a vision that by the year 2025 “every child and youth in Singapore, despite a disadvantaged background has the opportunity to refuse a lifestyle of delinquency and welfare dependency.” This study conducted in 2012 reviewed the current lives of past beneficiaries to understand how Beyond affected their life experiences and whether there is progress being made towards the vision. While past youth’s lives are mostly stable, many other factors still pay a large role in their individual development. Our effects are subtle but still present in their memories. 

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Sports and Youth Well being

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Author: Vu Thu Trang

A positive relationship between sports and youth resilience/well being was found through interviews done with 50 youths at Beyond Social Services. Sports have positively influenced children’s sense of mastery, independence, belonging, and generosity and strengthened their physical, social, and cognitive skills. It also increases resilience among youths at-risk, improving their overall well-being. Sports are an important component at Beyond since it creates a safe environment for youth and fosters a sense of community.

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International Foster Care and Kids United Home

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Author: Kaisa Clark

Kids United Home is a short-term residential care program run by Beyond Social Services for children aged 7 to 14 that are unable to stay home for various reasons. In 2008, the report looked at the effectiveness of the residential home in having the child’s best interest in mind compared to other residential homes worldwide. This effectiveness is due to the small group atmosphere and the emphasis on individual development.

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Parental involvement in education

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Author: Nurashikin Bte Hassan

By using Beyond’s framework, this research looked at whether contact between parents and community facilitators was related to the amount of parental involvement in their child’s education. The positive correlation found between type of contact and involvement leads to recommendations to Beyond that include having weekly meetings with parents to update them on their child’s progress and having the parent participate in programs with their child.

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Competent Communities Toolkit

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As we start our journey to build competent communities, we use this document to take stock of which stage our community is at and why it is that stage. From here, suggestions are given for the kind of activities that can create direction and momentum for the community that we are working with.

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