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Focusing on family and parenting work, Workgroup 1 evaluates if existing programmes are meeting the needs of at-risk, in-risk populations and their families.
Programmes are subjected to a thorough review to determine their intensity and impact on affected families, so as to judge their effectiveness. Through review, Workgroup 1 looks at the involvement of Community Organisations and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO) to identify any gaps or overlaps and seeks to address them by developing appropriate strategies. Through these strategies, Workgroup 1 can define familial support networks to help organisations deal with the challenges of developing effective programmes that engage and strengthen families to support early risk, at-risk and in-risk offenders.
Focus areas of Workgroup 1 include: how to better identify as well as support early risk children, how to better mitigate the impact of incarceration on families with young children and how to prevent inter-generational transmission of criminality through family and parenting work.
Dr Lee Tung Jean, Deputy Secretary of MSF chairs Workgroup 1.
Workgroup 2 reviews the effectiveness of systems, structures and programmes for at-risk children and youths in school and community.
Focusing on upstream measures, it aims to improve existing social service structures so as to better identify early risk children and youths for intervention by schools and the community. Workgroup 2 seeks to enable different agencies to work together and collectively address the multi-faceted issues faced by such agencies when supporting or engaging at-risk children and youths. This includes establishing sub-groups that may need specific preventive or intervention measures and tailoring strategies to apply to them where relevant.
Examples of focus areas for Workgroup 2 are evaluating current support structures for children or youth who are out of the school system as well as ensuring that there are alternative pathways for these youths to work-ready qualifications and success.
Ms Lai Wei Lin, Deputy Secretary of MOE chairs Workgroup 2.
Workgroup 3 evaluates the effectiveness of diversionary programmes for juvenile offenders. This includes post-care support systems for reintegrating them back to schools as well as housing options for older youth offenders. It is also concerned with helping youth offenders above the age of 16 achieve gainful employment.
Besides programmes, Workgroup 3 also looks at current research efforts related to offender rehabilitation and reintegration.
The focus area for Workgroup 3 is to help prioritise the engagement of relevant Community Organisations and VWOs in either upstream or offender rehabilitation work. To that end, Workgroup 3 maps the involvement of organisations to identify strengths or gaps in their rehabilitation programmes.
From there, it is able to develop strategies and resources that can improve the capabilities of current Community Organisations and VWOs to develop better offender rehabilitation programmes.
Mr Puah Kok Keong, Deputy Secretary of MHA chairs Workgroup 3.