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Singapore Government

Rehabilitation and Protection Care Conference 2017

13 July 2017, Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Orchard Hotel

About the ConferenceThe Rehabilitation and Protection Care Conference (RPCC) brings together government officers, professionals, community partners and organizations working in or with Singapore's out-of-home care sector so as to improve the quality of care in the local system for vulnerable children in need of care and protection. Hosted by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development, the Conference serves as a good platform for the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices in this area of work.

The theme for this year's Conference is "Enhancing Capabilities, Empowering Lives", with a focus on building capability of professionals in family work and positive behaviour management. With overseas speakers sharing their expertise in these areas of work, we hope that professionals working in and with the out-of-home care sector will gain new insights into the delivery of more effective services and support in the care and development of vulnerable children in Singapore.

Participation at this Conference is by invitation only.



James M Roberson

Reframing Residential Care

The plenary session will focus on effective short term residential treatment models in an overseas country. This discussion will cover topics related to the residential provider's role within a system of care, which promotes reducing the use of congregate care settings and emphasizes in-home placements. Participants will learn more on creating and sustaining a therapeutic milieu so as to achieve the best outcomes for children in care.

James M. Roberson
James has worked at KVC Health Systems in Kansas, USA, since 2004, and currently serves as the Vice President of Programme Services, where he oversees areas of in-patient and residential programming, performance improvement, innovation, special initiatives and the implementation of evidenced based practices. He is a tier three national certified trainer for Trauma Systems Therapy (TST) and has completed the Kansas Institute for Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports Facilitator course. His innovative approach in developing practices and hands-on tools to support the implementation of best practice approaches in classrooms and residential milieus has led to his engagement in projects with various school districts, residential centres, detention centres and health systems throughout the U.S. and internationally.

Sonja ParkerPLENARY 2
Collaborative Approach in Working with Family and Children

The plenary session will focus on an overview of the Partnering for Safety (PFS) Approach and the key principles of collaborative assessment and planning with families and children who are known to child protection and out of home care. PFS is a comprehensive practice approach that draws on evidence-based and innovative methodologies and tools such as Solution Focused Brief Theory and Narrative Therapy. In this session, family centred safety plans for family preservation, reunification and contact visits between family and child will be explored and illustrated. A number of tools and processes that involve families (caregivers, children and young people and their networks) in the collaborative assessment and planning work will be introduced. This helps develop family centred safety plans such as the Collaborative Assessment and Protection Framework, Three Houses Tool and Safe Contact Tool.

Sonja Parker
Sonja Parker is the founder of SP consultancy, and is a child protection consultant, social worker, teacher from Perth, Australia. She has 10 years of experience providing training, ongoing consultation and implementation support to organisations and practitioners globally on family and safety-centred child protection practice approaches. This includes the "Partnering for Safety" (PFS) approach, family and safety-centred practice, family reunification and safety planning.

Sonja also worked directly with families as an independent practitioner, providing child protection services and rigorous safety planning in high-risk cases and in situations of ‘denied’ child abuse. She has also developed a number of tools, processes and resources to assist child protection professionals and family members in working together more effectively to build future safety for children.

Breakout 1
From Trauma to Hands-on Tools: How to use Self-Regulation Skills Effectively

The breakout session will focus on developing interventions to support healing from trauma and effective behaviour management strategies for youth. Trauma informed behaviour management is a critical feature for residential, detention, school and home based social service programme. Often youth engaged in these programmes may exhibit poor coping and behaviour control which inhibit goal attainment and long-term well-being. Through activity based learning, participants will learn how to help the youth develop self-regulation skills so as to reduce the frequency of disruptive behaviours.

Breakout 2
Working with families and children to create a sustainable safety plan – An Effective Approach

The breakout session will focus on developing interventions to assess and enhance child safety at all points in the child protection process. The use of Collaborative Assessment and Protection Framework, Three Houses Tool and Safe Contact Tool will be highlighted. The collaborative approach and process provide the focus for family and professionals to work together to develop a detailed safety plan with the children's voice being the centre of intervention process. Practitioners from the Safe and Strong Families' Pilot Programme will also share their learning on the use of PFS approach in supporting families and children who are known to child protection with the aim to preserve and reunify children with their natural families.

Breakout 3
Identifying & Managing Sexual and Violent Behaviours in Youth

Problematic sexual and violent behaviours pose many challenges to staff working with youths across settings, including in schools and residential care. In this session, specialised Clinical and Forensic Psychologists will identify and address violent and problematic sexual behaviours, provide an overview of recommended management strategies, and discuss how staff can manage risk issues within residential settings. Participants will also have the opportunity to discuss difficulties they face working with these youths, and how they can implement strategies taught in this session in their workplaces.

Breakout 4
The Inside Story on Implementation

Most of us would have had some experience in implementing varying services and programmes. In a changing landscape, how do we remain adaptable to changes and ensure a continual culture of improvement? How do we complement practice wisdom with structured frameworks to sustain success and empower communities to provide the best for our children and families? This session is for the leaders, the movers, and the shakers in the social service sector.

Download conference materials:

  1. Plenary Session 1:
    Reframing Residential Care
    Speaker: Mr James Roberson
  2. Plenary Session 2:
    Collaborative Approach in Working with Family and Children
    Speaker: Ms Sonja Parker
  3. Breakout 1:
    From Trauma to Hands-on Tools: How to use Self-Regulation Skills Effectively
    Speaker: Mr James Roberson
  4. Breakout 2: 
    Working with families and children to create a sustainable safety plan - An Effective Approach
    Ms Sonja Parker
    Ms Gracia Goh
    Mr Cayden Woo
  5. Breakout 3: 
    Identifying & Managing Sexual and Violent Behaviours in Youth
    Dr Josephine Carlisle
    Ms Kris North
  6. Breakout 4:
    The Inside Story on Implementation
    Ms Audrie Siew
    Dr Ho Yiling
    Ms Cherlyn Lim


Secretariat of RPCC 2017
Twist Media Pte Ltd

Name: Sheila
Tel: +65 6996 6713

Hotline Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm

Map of Orchard HotelAddress:
Orchard Hotel

442 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238879

How to get there?

Nearest Bus Stop
Bus 77, 106, 7, 36, 105, 111, 123, 132, 174E, 174, 502A and 502

1 min from bus stop B09169

Nearest MRT station
Orchard MRT (NS22)

8 mins from Exit E to here