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In this session: “Working With Vulnerable Families and Systems: Insights from the Strengthening Families Together Pilot” held on 28 June 2017, policy makers and practitioners share their experiences in supporting vulnerable families with complex needs, through the Strengthening Families Together Pilot.
1. Ms Olivia Shepherdson – Principal Social Worker, Service Delivery and Development Group, Ministry of Social and Family Development
2. Ms Tan Chui Li – Senior Social Worker, ComCare and Social Support Division, Ministry of Social and Family Development
3. Mr Dexter Gao – Manager, Care Corner Family Service Centre (Queenstown)
4. Ms Wu Bi Qi – Senior Officer (Service Policy and Standards), ComCare and Social Support Division, Ministry of Social and Family Development
Designations as of 28 June 2017.
The Strengthening Families Together (SFT) Pilot
The SFT Pilot is an initiative by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), in collaboration with various government agencies and community partners. The pilot adopts a whole-of-government approach that aligns assistance based on professional assessments of the circumstances of vulnerable families, and seeks to raise the developmental prospects for their children.
Aims of the SFT Pilot
Approach of the SFT Pilot
Results of the SFT Pilot
New Insights from the SFT Pilot – What can help social workers negotiate more effectively with the system and government stakeholders?
The need for a shift in mentality is important – for social service practitioners to see policy makers, and other stakeholders as one collective body working towards the common goal of benefitting clients. This would facilitate the twinning of both social and systems intervention.
For Social Workers
How Can Social Workers Become Strategic Advocates?