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MSF Youth Homes: New Admissions

The MSF Youth Homes (i.e. Singapore Boys’ Home and Singapore Girls’ Home) function as a Place of Detention and a Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre for youths who are in conflict with the law, as well as a Place of Safety for youths who are beyond parental control or in need of care and protection. The Youth Court may order a youth to reside in the MSF Youth Homes, when it has assessed that community-based options are unsuitable or inappropriate based on the youths’ risks and needs.

The Homes offer academic, rehabilitative and holistic development programmes to meet the needs of the youths and their families so that the youths can reintegrate into society as socially responsible persons.

New Admissions to MSF Youth Homes by Gender and Case Type

Home Case Types 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Singapore Boys' Home (SBH) Offender 176 233 224 194 130 84 80 59
Non-Offender 8 14 12 19 21 14 26 22
Sub-Total (SBH) 184 247 236 213 151 98 106 81
Singapore Girls' Home (SGH) Offender 29 45 33 29 26 13 12 6
Non-Offender 35 49 53 52 68 30 40 36
Sub-Total (SGH) 64 94 86 81 94 43 52 42
Total 248 341 322 294 245 141 158 123

New Admissions to MSF Youth Homes by Age

Age
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Below 13 years
3 4 6 9 3 5 4 3 4 3
13-14 years
84 89 72 99 99 90 62 43 46 24
15-16 years
254 224 158 212 203 165 154 84 101 85
Above 16 years
19 12 12 21 17 34 25 11 7 11
Total
360 329 248 341 322 294 245 141 158 123

Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Updated on 26 May 2020

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