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Central Youth Guidance Office

The Central Youth Guidance Office (CYGO) is an inter-ministry setup comprising officers seconded from MOE, MHA and MSF. We look into early intervention strategies to prevent youth-at-risk from committing crime.

CYGO is the secretariat to the National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation (NYGR).

What We Do

As the central co-coordinating agency, we keep an overview of the programmes and services for the youth-at-risk and look into addressing the gaps. Our work is part of an integrated approach towards prevention and early intervention and our roles include:

  • developing policies and programmes with government agencies and community organisations to help youth-at-risk find positive alternatives to crime and anti-social behaviour;
  • managing information on youth-at-risk for research and evaluation;
  • leading in collaborative research on offending behaviour and the effectiveness of prevention and intervention programmes;
  • working with social service agencies and community organisations to develop programmes and to build their capabilities.

Our Initiatives

 National Youth Work Competency Framework

The National Youth Work Competency (NYWC) framework is a key national resource for capability building in the youth work sector. The framework defines the knowledge and skills required by youth workers, establishes a reference point for competency-based training for development of youth workers and guides their career progression based on competencies and job roles. The framework aims to ensure that sector professionals remain relevant and adaptive to new and emerging needs of our youth; bringing about a heightened recognition of the important role of youth work in Singapore.

Download the e-booklet:

NYWC Framework_E Booklet (Landscape).pdf

NYWC Framework_EBooklet (Portrait).pdf

(E-booklet last updated 8 Jan 2018) will be de-commissioned with effect from 29 July 2018.

Please contact for any enquiries.

Thank you.

Youth GO!

CYGO has also started the Youth GO! programme in 2 Districts. Youth GO! is a street outreach service, based on three pillars, namely (i) Youth outreach, (ii) Case management and (iii) Service coordination.

Click here to find out more.

 Social Media Resource Kit

The Social Media Resource Kit is a guide to better understanding of how youths and youth-at-risk use social media. It was developed by the NYGR New Media Taskforce led by Dr Lim Sun Sun (NUS) for use by youth workers, teachers and counsellors.

Click here to download the Toolkit.

(Toolkit last updated on 7 Jan 2015)
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. 

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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 4 components, namely:

(a) Assessment of risks, 
(b) Evidence based/informed programmes, 
(c) Evaluation of the programmes, 
(d) Standards of competency for youth workers.

Click here to find out more

For more information on Outreach and Support for Youth, please click here

Who We Help

  • Youth-at-risk from 12 to 21 years old
  • Government agencies involved in youth-related work
  • Youth-related organisations
  • Social Service agencies and community groups
  • Parents and educators

Our Team

Ms Elaine Loo
contact details & team members