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Number of children and young persons who enter a place of safety

Type: Parliamentary Questions

Topic(s): Rehabilitation


Question

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang
MP for Nee Soon GRC


To ask the Minister for Social and Family Development for each year from 2011 to 2017, out of each cohort of children and young persons who enter a place of safety (a) what is the absolute number and percentage of them who subsequently enter (i) boys' or girls' homes or (ii) prison, respectively.

Answer

1 Children and young persons (CYPs) in need of care or protection may be referred by MSF or ordered by the Youth Court to reside in places of safety under the Children and Young Persons Act. CYPs who commit offences may also be ordered by the Youth Court to reside in the Singapore Boys’ Home (SBH) or Singapore Girls’ Home (SGH), if they are aged below 16.

2 The table below provides the breakdown of CYPs in need of care or protection who were admitted to licensed Homes and subsequently committed offences.1

Year of admission into licensed Homes

2015

2016

2017

CYPs in admission cohort ordered to reside in SBH or SGH for committing an offence

2

(1%)

4

(2%)

3

(2%)

Persons in admission cohort sentenced to imprisonment

2

(1%)

2

(1%)

0

(0%)

 

1 The analysis pertains to CYPs aged 7 years and above newly admitted to licensed CYP Homes between 2015 and 2017 and subsequently committed offences (as of 23 September 2019). Similar analysis for admissions prior to 2015 is not readily available.