Probation Elective Programmes are considered essential or beneficial for certain probationers. Based on the nature of the offence, coping skills and needs, they will be selected to undergo the selected programme(s) at appropriate stages of their probation.
- Theft Intervention Programme: A 4-month specialised treatment group programme. The programme is for adolescents who have repeatedly committed theft offences. The objective is to change the way theft offenders think about stealing and to teach them skills to desist from their theft behaviour.
- Anti-Secret Society Talk: A seminar conducted by the Singapore Police Force Secret Societies Branch for offenders with previous or current gang association. Parents are required to accompany the offenders. The objectives are to help offenders decline any gang involvement; and for parents to be vigilant to guide their children away from gang association.
- Anti-Drug Workshop: A workshop co-conducted by staff from PCRS and Central Narcotics Bureau for offenders with a history of experimentation with drugs. Through discussions and role plays, the workshop highlights the dangers of abusing drugs and shares ways for offenders to stay away from drugs.
Other Elective Programmes
- Periodic Training: The Youth Court can impose a Periodic Training Order (PTO) as a condition of Probation. Under the PTO, the probationer is required to attend modules on the following topics: Emotions Management & Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving & Decision Making and Communication Skills. These sessions aim at developing self and social awareness, building healthy relationships and inculcate responsible decision making.
- Functional Family Therapy- Juvenile Justice (FFT-JJ): An evidence-based intervention programme designed to address complex family issues within the youth offender population. This strengths-based approach helps youth and their families reframe years of pain and discord into their stories of hope and strength. The greater involvement of parents in the youth’s lives can then translate into more sustainable outcomes and prevent the youths from going deeper into the criminal justice system.
- Mandatory Counselling: A mandated condition by the Youth Court requiring selected parents of probationers to undergo compulsory counselling sessions from social service organisations. Parents are counselled on effective management of marital and parent-child relationship issues to provide an appropriate home environment for their child’s rehabilitation.
- Prison Visit: An experiential programme that provides probationers a first-hand experience of prison life. It aims to help them cherish the opportunity for community-based rehabilitation and deter them from committing further offences.
- Project HEAL (Healing, Empowering, And Linking): A restorative conference conducted in collaboration with the Youth Court to provide offenders a chance to hear from the victim about the impact of his/her offence and to make amends. Based on the Restorative Justice model, the conference facilitates the restoration of broken relationships as a result of crime.
- Smoking Cessation Clinic: A 2-session programme held at polyclinics for probationers who have committed smoking offences or with smoking habits to educate them on the dangers of smoking and strategies to quit smoking.
- Tweens Integrated Social Skills Training and Enrichment Programme: A 4-month programme specially designed for probationers aged 14 and below. This programme aims to enhance the probationers’ ability to respond to risky situations, establish healthy peer relationships and make good decisions. The probationers are given intensive social skills training while their parents are also equipped with behavior management skills.