Youth & Family Welfare
The Youth & Family Welfare Department (YFWD) helps at-risk Children and Young Persons (CYPs) through a range of programmes and services; at the same time, engaging their family to be part of the intervention process. There is also a Youth Outreach Centre in Bukit Batok to engage youths in the community.
School-Based Programmes and Services
- The YFWD engages schools with various programmes and services that are designed in-house and relevant to specific age-groups or needs.
Youth Outreach Centre
- Operating since 25 February 2013, the Youth Outreach Centre caters to community youths between 12 and 17 years old
- The Youth Outreach Centre operates from 2:00pm to 5:30pm every weekday except Wednesdays
- It provides a supervised and fun environment for youths to interact and build friendships with peers and youth workers
- It conducts meaningful programmes to help youths grow into well-rounded individuals
- Regular activities and events such as rock-climbing, cycling and festival parties are planned to focus on building character, developing self-management skills and fostering deeper bonds among the youths and the youth workers
- Regular features are organised in the Youth Outreach Centre every week, with each regular feature designed to help youths grow and develop in character and life skills
- Movie Screening (once a month)
- Study Time (every Tuesday)
- Special Interest Group (every Thursday)
- The YFWD provides centre-based counselling for issues such as low self-esteem, poor social skills, bullying, parenting and other socio-emotional issues.
MCYC works in partnership with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in the following projects:
Beyond Parental Control (BPC)
A BPC order applies to children below 16 years old who display behavioural problems in school or at home. They are not offenders, but may have at-risk behaviours. Parents and guardians of such children can approach the Youth Court to file a BPC complaint. The counsellors and socials workers at the YFWD conduct the investigation of these cases in order to assess and make recommendations to the Youth Court.
This service allows children and young persons who are not living with their natural families to maintain contact with them in a safe environment. It also helps to build attachment and facilitate positive interaction between children and young persons and their families.
Functional Family Therapy
FFT is a short-term intensive counselling service provided for probationers and their family in collaboration with MSF. It is founded in the United States and is an empirically supported and highly successful family intervention for delinquents and substance-using adolescents. It is a strength-based model that systematically alters significant risk and protective factors that impact the adolescents and their environments.
Theft Intervention Programme
TIP is a specialised programme developed by MSF for youths with theft offences. It aims to address attitudes, values and beliefs that support theft behaviour, and to equip youth with relevant skills to stop offending.
- The YFWD provides two evidence-based parenting programmes, Signposts for Building Better Behaviour and Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P).
- Signposts for Building Better Behaviour is a programme that helps families prevent or manage the difficult behaviour of children aged 3 to 16 who have developmental delays or intellectual disabilities.
- Triple P is backed by over 30 years of clinically-proven research. It is both a preventive and interventive programme that equips parents with a variety of strategies in managing their children’s misbehaviours. It is targeted for parents with children aged 2 to 12.
Stories & Testimonies
“Being a part of the Youth Centre has taught me the importance of patience and perseverance, especially when results are not immediately evident.
The past year of running the Youth Centre contained many ups and downs. Towards the end of 2015, it was bustling with a daily average participation rate of over 10 youths and a high of about 20 youths on ‘good’ days. However, the staff team felt that the high number of youths and the lack of a system to motivate them to participate in our character-building activities had limited our ability to work with them on a deeper level, as many of them merely treated the Centre as a place to hang out rather than a place of growth.
As a result, we decided to incorporate a credit system in February this year, where Youth Centre members were required to participate in activities in order to use our facilities. The change caused a drastic drop in participation rates, and although that was initially expected, there were highly discouraging periods of a few days at a time with little or no youth participations. Thankfully, after the launch of the Youth Grant scheme in August, there has been a return of regular participation on a daily basis. The new system has also allowed the staff team to play a greater part in the development of the youths, and we are truly blessed to witness many of them growing in their thinking processes, confidence and social skills.”Mr Luke Yan, Programme Executive, Youth Outreach Centre
“Going to the MCYC Youth Centre (YC) has been really fun and enriching for me, and I look forward to visiting YC at least once every week. One of the highlights is the ‘Special Interest Group’, held every Thursday afternoon. During the ‘Special Interest Group’, we play basketball with the workers at YC and other YC members. During these sessions, a friendly worker at YC, Ms Christine, taught us different basketball techniques and drills, which we got to practise every week. I like these sessions because the practices help me to aim and shoot better. It was so rewarding whenever I could score a point because this was something I thought I could never achieve. This, in turn, helped me become more confident of myself.
One lesson that I took away during the basketball sessions was the importance of teamwork. Ms Christine taught us not to hold on to the ball because it would be snatched by an opposing player or our shots would get blocked. She said that we needed to pass the ball to our teammates and work together with them in order to score. It is enlightening to me because I realised that alone I can only do so much. However, if I am willing to cooperate and pass the ball to my fellow teammates, we will find more opportunities to score.”Alex, Youth Outreach Centre Member