EPWORTH FAMILY WELFARE

Epworth Family Welfare helps at-risk Children and Young Persons (CYPs) with a range of programmes and services; at the same time, engaging their family to be part of the intervention process. There is also a Youth Outreach Centre in Bukit Batok to engage youths in the community.

School-Based Programmes and Services

Epworth Family Welfare engages schools with various programmes and services that are designed in-house and relevant to specific age-groups or needs

Character Development Programme

  • Epworth Family Welfare conducts weekly Character Development Programmes at our Student Care Centre where students learn the values of integrity, innovation and perseverance

Social Character Building Programme

  • Students at Epworth Literacy attend social character building programmes conducted by staff from the Youth Department

Youth Gambling Prevention

  • Epworth Family Welfare conducts Youth Gambling Prevention Training for Youth Counsellors on behalf of the National Council for Problem Gambling

Government Projects

Epworth Family Welfare works in partnership with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in the following projects:

Beyond Parental Control (BPC)

  • Children beyond parental control are those below 16 years old who display behavioural problems in school or at home
  • As a last resort, parents apply to the Youth Court for assistance in managing them
  • Epworth Family Welfare conducts the investigations and makes recommendations to the Youth Court

Theft Intervention Programme

  • Epworth Family Welfare has been contracted by MSF to run the Theft Intervention Programme (TIP) since 2005
  • TIP is a specialized group treatment programme developed by MSF (Clinical and Forensic Psychology Services) for youths who have committed theft offences
  • Programme aims to address attitudes, values and beliefs that support theft behaviour, and to equip youths with relevant skills to stop offending

Functional Family Therapy

  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a short term intensive counseling service provided for probationers and their family in collaboration with MSF
  • Founded in the United States, it is an empirically supported and highly successful family intervention for delinquent and substance-using adolescents
  • FFT model has been replicated successfully in juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare settings, as well as traditional substance treatment and school-based programmes
  • It is a strength-based model that systematically alters significant risk and protective factors that impact the adolescent and his or her environment
  • 12 sessions are conducted over a period of 3 to 4 months
  • Flexibility of this model allows the FFT therapist to bring the model to any family setting to increase engagement, retention and positive change

Youth Outreach Centre

  • Operating since 25 February 2013, the Youth Centre caters to community youths between 12 and 17 years old
  • Provides a supervised and fun environment for youths to interact and build friendships with peers and youth workers
  • Conducts meaningful programmes to help youths grow into well-rounded individuals
    Regular activities and events are planned to focus on building character, imparting life skills and developing self-management skills
  • Youth Centre operates from 2:00pm to 5:30pm every weekday except Wednesdays
  • Focuses on organising regular features in Youth Centre every week, with each regular feature meant to help youths grow and develop in character and life skills
    • Movie Screening (every alternate Monday)
    • Sports Day (every alternate Monday)
    • Study Time (every Tuesday)
    • Special Interest Group (started in January 2016, every Thursday)

Counselling

  • Centre-based cases are seen for counselling with issues such as low self-esteem, poor social skills, bullying, parenting and other socio-emotional issues.

Individual Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P)

  • Triple P, an evidence-based parenting programme backed by over 30 years of clinically-proven research
  • It is both a preventive and interventive programme that equips parents with a variety of strategies in managing their children’s misbehaviour

Supervised Access

  • This service allows children and young persons who are not living with their natural families to maintain contact with them in a safe environment
  • Also helps to build attachment and facilitate positive interaction between the children and young persons and their families

HOW TO DONATE

The important work of Epworth Community Services is funded primarily by generous well- wishers who strongly believe in our cause.

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