To promote mental well-being, the programmes and services of Epworth Family Welfare are aimed at addressing at-risk behaviours of children and youths; and, mending and building stronger relationships between these children and youths and their family members, in particular, their parents. The department works closely with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on various fronts.
Family Guidance Order (FGO)
Epworth Family Welfare provides intervention programmes and services to help parents facing challenges in managing their children and youths below 16 years old. These Pre-FGO programmes and services are designed to work with at-risk children and youths on their problematic behaviours; provide parenting skills for their parents; as well as build better family relationships. Under the Children and Young Persons Act (CYPA) passed in Parliament in 2019, parents and their children will have to attend Pre-FGO programmes and services before they can seek further assistance from the Youth Court.
Epworth Family Welfare provides intervention programmes and services to help parents facing serious challenges in managing their children and youths (CYPs) below 16 years old. Parents might seek assistance from the Youth Court by applying for an FGO. Parents and their children who wish to do so must first undergo a Pre-FGO screening, by emailing email@example.com or calling 6715 3732 to book an appointment.
The department also supports MSF and the Youth Court at various points of the FGO process.
This service facilitates children and youths not living with their natural families to maintain contact with them in a safe environment. This will help them continue with positive interactions and build attachments between the children and youths and their natural families.
Project Dawn is designed to work with at-risk youths with various problematic behaviours. This programme can be done in small groups or with individual youth. Parents of at-risk youths will also be included at various points of this programme. Their participation is important and contributes to the positively to the progress of youths that are receiving help. Apart from our center, the programme can also be conducted in schools.
Counselling and Family Support (CFS)
The Counselling and Family Support services provide parents with good parenting skills so that they can build a strong relationship with their children and, thereby, a stable family. We use Positive Parenting Programme and Signpost as our main parenting training programmes.
For parents of children and youths with very challenging behaviour, we provide more support through counselling and family therapy.
In addition, we specialise in helping children, youths and family members with trauma; and, grief and loss issues.
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