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Singapore Government

NYGR Programmes


NYGR Programmes
National Committee on Prevention, Rehabilitation and Recidivism

NYGR Initiatives

List of Initiatives
BeaconWorks Programme

This programme is for parents and children who are experiencing strained relationships and have hit a roadblock trying to repair them.

Over a period of 6 months, BeaconWorks will help all parties resolve their issues and reach an understanding that will mend relationships and enable the family to move on together as a stronger and closer unit.

The programme is voluntary, and is an alternative programme for parents who wish to avoid filing a Beyond Parental Control order against their child with the Children Care Court.

CNB Anti-Drug Talks & Exhibitions

The CNB organises various anti-drug talks and exhibitions held in schools during school assembly talks and public spaces that cover topics such as:

  • Consequences of drug abuse
  • Penalties of abusing drugs
  • How to spot tell-tale signs of drug abuse
  • Real-life cases

These anti-drug programmes are tailor-made and adapted to reach out effectively to students, parents, and working adults. The talks are aided by videos and animation, while booklets and souvenirs carrying anti-drug messages are distributed at the exhibitions.

Smaller group-sharing sessions are also possible for members of the public who wish to discuss the implications of drug abuse in greater depth.

For more information:

Enhanced STEP-UP (ESU)

The Enhanced STEP-UP (School Social Work To Empower Pupils to Utilise their Potential) (ESU) is a 12-month support programme provided by Integrated Service Providers (ISPs).

Designed to reach out to students who are at risk of dropping out of school or youth who are already out of school, ESU aims for the youth to either:

  • Remain in or return to school, or
  • Be engaged in work skills training/employment

The programme may be extended for an additional 12 months, depending on the needs of the client.

To be eligible for ESU, the child/youth must be:

  • Singaporean citizen/PR below 21 years old
  • Student in a MOE school/ITE with an absenteeism rate of 20% or more
  • Not in Time-Out Programme or any other MSF-funded programmes
  • Not be under a Court Order

Only personnel from a school, community agency, or a parent/legal guardian may refer a child/youth for ESU.

Download the ESU Referral Form (docx.)


FamilyMatters!@School is a parenting programme under the Family Matters! initiative that equips parents and school-going children with skills to nurture positive family relationships.

Working closely together with schools, parent support groups and parent volunteers, the programme aims to reach out to parents and grant them quick, easy access to family life programmes that help them better connect with their children.

FamilyMatters!@School also works with local universities to reach out to young adults, helping them to improve their social and relationship skills.

Honorary Volunteer Special Constabulary (VSC) Scheme

Started by the Ministry of Education and Singapore Police Force, this scheme extends police authority to specific personnel in schools and Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs) to help them better manage and reduce student delinquency.

Under this scheme, Discipline Masters/Mistresses, Disciplinary Teachers, and Operations Managers are appointed as Honorary Voluntary Special Constabulary (VSC) (School) Officers or teacher-cops. They are able to:

  • Advise on matters relating to delinquency and police procedures
  • Counsel delinquents
  • Respond swiftly and enforce the law within the school
  • Network with stakeholders on youth development
  • Build and enhance partnerships with community organisations at the local level to address youth crime
Preventive Drug Education (PDE) DRC Visit Programme

Schools, Institutes of Technical Education (ITEs) and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) that work with youth will help identify those at high risk and send them on a visit to the Drug Rehabilitation Centre (DRC).

The DRC, located within the Changi Prison Complex, and the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) will let these young adults experience the harsh realities of drug abuse and life behind bars.

Preventive Drug Education Activities & Events

Various activities and events have been organised by the CNB to raise public awareness on the dangers of drug abuse at a national level.

Anti-Drug Abuse Day is held on 26 June every year to coincide with the United Nation’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Small souvenirs are distributed to students and the public to remind everyone about the importance of staying away from drugs.

DanceWorks! is an annual anti-drug dance competition organised by the National Council Against Drug Abuse (NCADA) and CNB. The event allows youths aged 25 and below to demonstrate that life can be fun without resorting to drugs.

The Anti-Drug Ambassador Scheme gifts an Anti-Drug Ambassador Award to primary school students who conduct research and complete anti-drug exercises.

Special Interest Competitions organised throughout the year gives participants the opportunity to embody the anti-drug message in their entries.

Prison Visit Education Programme for Schools (PVEPS)

Prison Visit Education Programme for Schools (PVEPS) is a programme targeted at students who have been identified by their schools to be at high risk of committing crime due to their school discipline records.

Under PVEPS, these potential first-time offenders will visit actual prisons and be exposed to the harsh reality of prison life in hopes of deterring them from turning to a life of crime.

PVEPS is a joint initiative by the Singapore Police Force, Singapore Prison Service and Ministry of Education.

School Community Safety and Security Programme (CSSP)

The CSSP is an action plan specially created to tackle various issues regarding the safety and security of schools and its surroundings. Key components of the school CSSP include youth camps, exhibitions and talks.

Led by the Ministry of Education and Singapore Police Force, the school CSSP is a project jointly developed and implemented by schools, Neighbourhood Police Centres, residents, government agencies and other partners.

School Assembly Talks on Crime Prevention

Crime prevention talks are held during school assemblies to educate students on crime prevention measures and the serious consequences of breaching the laws.

Organised by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and Singapore Police Force (SPF), the talks make use of videos and real-life case studies to help bring the messages across effectively.

Schools may write directly to the NCPC and SPF to arrange for these talks.

Sports and Arts (SPAR) Framework

The Sports and Arts (SPAR) framework was developed to focus on pedagogy and curriculum development, training and capability building of professionals.

The framework involves the delivery of structure, group-based, hands-on learning through the medium of sports or arts, combined with social work intervention.

For example, the Game For Life (GFL) toolkit is a resource guide aimed to help youth-at-risk develop excellent character and strong values intentionally through activities. It guides youth practitioners to be purposeful in planning and executing sports and arts programmes.

Download a copy of the GFL Youth-At-Risk Resource Guide

Youth GO! Programme

This is a community-based outreach programme for youths aged 12-21 who are out of school and not working. The key objectives are to support these at-risk youth, so that they will stay crime-free and be meaningfully engaged either in their studies or work.

The youth and social workers from the outreach service team work with local communities and government agencies to proactively engage youths where they are. Intervention is delivered through case management services and interest-based activities.

Care Corner Singapore Ltd and Fei Yue Community Services have been appointed as the VWOs to run the programme. Care Corner for the North East and Fei Yue for the North West and South West districts respectively.

Youth Information System (YIS)

The Youth Information System (YIS) is a cross-agency collaboration among:

  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Ministry of Social and Family Development

By sharing information on Singapore’s youth-at-risk among the three ministries, the ministries will be able to develop initiatives that:

  • Engage youths to steer them away from negative influences and potential crime or delinquent behaviour
  • Provide a positive environment for development and rehabilitation
  • Reduce the number of youth becoming at risk and in risk

YIS will also enable the Ministries to better formulate their youth policies, develop more tailored programmes for the youth and fine-tune youth research studies. YIS is helmed by the Central Youth Guidance Office (CYGO), secretariat to the NYGR.

Youth-At-Risk Engagement (YARE) Framework

YARE is an early intervention framework to support youth-at-risk using evidence-based or evidence-informed services and/or programmes. This framework consists of the following components:

  • A. Assesment of risks

  • B. Evidence-based/informed programmes

  • C. Evaluation of the programmes

  • D. Standards of competency for youth workers

YARE is a pilot programme which started on 1 June 2016, and will last for up to three years. 10 service providers have been appointed to deliver programmes under the YARE framework, which are funded fully under VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF).

Who can benefit from YARE intervention?
Youths aged 12 to 21 years old who have at-risk traits such as:

  • Conduct issues
  • Peer or family relationship issues
  • Bullying (bully or victim)
  • Social difficulties
  • Anti-social attitudes or behaviours
  • Dependence/addiction to cyber activities, drinking, sexual, substances etc
  • Incarceration of parents or significant care-giver
  • Criminal conduct
  • Poor response to school intervention
  • Are children of divorced parents
Youth Crime Prevention Roadshow

This annual programme educates youths on ways to avoid committing crimes or becoming victims of crimes. Counselling and booths that provide avenues for help are also available at the roadshow.

Together with NYGR partners, the Singapore Police Force aims to deliver crime prevention messages effectively in innovative ways.

For example, the “Confessions” series of crime prevention videos were produced, starting from 2007, to highlight the consequences of crime and its damaging effects to one’s future and family life. It featured real-life accounts of ex-youth convicts and youths who had gone astray but have turned over a new leaf.