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Singapore Government

ISIFPSC Identification Card (CYPA, VAA)


  1. 1. The card holder is appointed by the Director-General of Social Welfare (DG) under Section 3(4) of the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA), as an Approved Welfare Officer (AWO) to carry out any investigation, assessment, supervision, consultation or evaluation in relation to any child or young person (CYP) or the parent, guardian or family members. The holder also acts under the orders and directions of the DG or a Protector in relation to a CYP, which include the following:
    a) to assist in obtaining information in relation to a CYP; and
    b) to assist in bringing a CYP for assessment or treatment, etc.

    The holder is also authorised by the DG, with the approval of the Minister, under Section 3(3) of the CYPA, to perform the power and exercise the duty of the DG to enter into voluntary care agreements.

  2. 2. The card holder is appointed by the DG under Section 3(3) of the Vulnerable Adults Act (VAA) as an AWO to exercise the following powers under the VAA:
    i) apply to the court for orders under sections 14 (1) (e), (f), (g), (h) and 15 of the VAA in relation to a vulnerable adult (VA) if:
      a. the VA consents to the application(s); or
      b. the VA is assessed by a mental capacity assessor to lack the mental capacity to consent to the application(s);

    ii) supervise a VA, if the court makes an order placing the VA under the supervision of an AWO under section 14(1)(d) of the VAA.

    iii) apply to the court for the variation, suspension or revocation of an order under section 14(1)(d) of the VAA (whether or not the AWO had earlier applied for that order) if:
      a. the VA consents to the application(s); or
      b. the VA is assessed by a mental capacity assessor to lack the mental capacity to consent to the application(s);

    iv) apply to the court for the variation, suspension or revocation of an order under sections 14 (1) (e), (f), (g), (h) and 15 of the VAA if an AWO had earlier applied under section 12 of the VAA for that order and if:
      a. the VA consents to the application(s); or
      b. the VA is assessed by a mental capacity assessor to lack the mental capacity to consent to the application(s).