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Published: 03 Apr 2013 02:32PM (Singapore)
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Competency framework in the pipeline for CARE Network aftercare partners
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To improve rehabilitation and reintegration prospects for high-risk offenders released from prison, the CARE Network will roll out a new competency framework to enhance the capabilities of its aftercare partners.
 
By Kenny Loh
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Guest-of-Honour Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli pointed out that the CARE Network, founded by a small number of dedicated people, has grown over the last 13 years into a nationally recognisable movement, encompassing hundreds of partners. PHOTO: Matthew Wong

Meet Joe.

He is a high-risk inmate who will be released in the near future. 

Having been in and out of prison many times, the 45-year-old has neither proper work experience nor the support of his family.

His drug-consumption offences have taken a toll on his health too.

Joe will need to be paired with a befriender, have his skills upgraded and other needs addressed.

This is where the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders’ (CARE) Network steps in.

Started in 2000, the network, which works with over 100 partners, supports offenders in their aftercare journey through community engagement.

At the CARE Network’s inaugural Workplan Seminar on 03 April 2013, Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs and Foreign Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli pointed out that Singapore Prison Service (SPS) and the Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE) are aware that its partners today work with more diverse and challenging profiles of inmates and ex-offenders.

“With a history of substance abuse and long-term incarceration, many of them face multiple and complex reintegration needs,” he said.

Mr Masagos added that working with this group of high-risk inmates and ex-offenders will require specialised skill sets and knowledge.

Hence, this year, the CARE Network will develop a new competency framework to enhance the skills required of its partners to handle a changing inmate profile.

Its curriculum and training will model after the existing Workforce Development Agency (WDA) framework for the Community and Social Services.

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Ms Fadzillah Binte Habi Mohamed, a Volunteer Aftercare Programme Manager at Singapore After-Care Association (SACA), is one of many who actively contribute to the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates and ex-offenders. PHOTO: Matthew Wong

Ms Fadzillah Binte Habi Mohamed, a Volunteer Aftercare Programme Manager at Singapore After-Care Association (SACA), said the new competency framework would be of great help to current volunteers as well as others who are considering playing a role in rehabilitation and reintegration.

“Due to the sensitive nature of our job, volunteers may at times feel daunted when assigned roles with inmates or ex-offenders,” shared the 37-year-old, who has been with SACA for two years.

“The CARE Network’s new competency framework will be able to equip these individuals with the right skills and knowledge to perform their roles more effectively,” she added.

The One Rehab Team: Volunteers and Reformed Offenders

During the seminar, SCORE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Teo Tze Fang stressed the importance of working as “One Rehab Team”, emphasising on the significant roles played by volunteers and reformed offenders.

“We have 1,200 volunteers who give their time and efforts to work with offenders in prisons and be their pro-social network in the community when they are released,” he shared.

These volunteers facilitate a range of programmes for inmates and ex-offenders, from religious counselling to interactions with an aftercare befriender.

In addition, volunteers like those from the Community Outreach Project (COP) conduct home visits to ensure that affected families’ needs are taken care of.

Mr Teo pointed out that the number of prison volunteers is almost half the number of prison officers today, making them a key part of the “One Rehab Team”.

Reformed offenders play critical roles to the overall rehabilitation work, too.

Some provide invaluable feedback to fine-tune prison programmes and services, while others contribute to the rehabilitation work in the community.

Mr Darren Tan is a case in point.

While behind bars, he was extremely motivated, choosing to pursue a formal education as provided for by SPS.

However, a competent system in prison would be pointless without acceptance from the community.

For Mr Tan, he received support not only from the Singapore After-Care Association and his friends from church.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) also looked beyond his past and awarded him a spot in their prestigious law programme, where he graduated through the generosity of donors to the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

Working in unison, the various agencies enabled Mr Tan to start life anew.

Today, he is giving back to the community by helping others in need.

An active volunteer of Jurong Group Representation Constituency’s COP, he helps offenders’ families link up with the relevant government agencies for social assistance and support.

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SCORE Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr Teo Tze Fang shared that moving forward, the CARE Network Secretariat will organise a series of "Yellow Ribbon Dialogues" to solicit feedback from community partners on what they would want to see in the future aftercare sector. PHOTO: Matthew Wong

Moving forward, to tap on the journey and experience of reformed offenders, SCORE CEO Mr Teo and his staff are in the midst of rolling out dialogue platforms to engage these individuals with success stories. 

“Today, we are a more advanced rehabilitation sector with a variety of agencies targeted at different needs and profiles of offenders,” said Mr Teo.

“Offenders return to a more supportive community than they did 10 years ago.” 

The Yellow Ribbon Project celebrates its 10th anniversary

This year, the CARE Network’s Yellow Ribbon Project will celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Each year, about 200 community partners support the project by offering employment opportunities, corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and other forms of collaborations.

Through the Yellow Ribbon Project, more than 200 new volunteers have expressed interest in rehabilitation work.

“Reintegration is not just about finding jobs and having an income, which are critical in themselves, but it is about having friends and loved ones, fulfilling goals, however modest, and being able to dream,” said Mr Masagos.

“This is where the CARE Network mobilise volunteers to be the friends and families that these ex-offenders need, to provide the comfort and resources for them to overcome challenges and lead meaningful lives.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

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