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Published: 28 Apr 2014 06:06PM (Singapore)
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The Development Framework for Offender Rehabilitation Personnel (DORP) was announced during the CARE Network Workplan Seminar 2014. The DORP, Yellow Ribbon Community Project and upcoming Mandatory Aftercare Scheme are part of the concerted efforts between CARE Network agencies to reduce re-offending. Read more here!
 
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Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Home Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli speaking as guest of honour at the 2014 Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network Workplan Seminar.  PHOTO: Mabel Yap

At the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network Workplan Seminar on 28 April 2014, Senior Minister of State (SMS) for Home Affairs Mr Masagos Zulkifli announced the establishment of the Development Framework for Offender Rehabilitation Personnel (DORP).

“We will continue to support our community partners and volunteers through continuous training and upgrading, to raise the professionalism of the aftercare sector,” said SMS Masagos.

The CARE Network was set up in year 2000 to coordinate the efforts of various agencies engaged in the rehabilitative works for ex-offenders.

The 2014 CARE Network Workplan Seminar was attended by some 250 representatives of the CARE Network, partner agencies, and volunteers.

“I understand that the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) has facilitated basic training for all 1,600 volunteers, and participants have found the training very useful for their volunteer work,” said SMS Masagos.

The DORP is a structured training framework for volunteers and professionals who work closely with former offenders and their family members.

DOPR was developed by SPS in consultation with community stakeholders to strive towards equipping volunteers and professionals with the necessary skills and knowledge to cater to the throughcare and aftercare needs of offenders and their families.

SMS Masagos acknowledged the multiple inter-agency collaborations and called for stronger synergy among the CARE Network agencies.

He also noted that while the CARE Network has accomplished a lot thus far, more can be done to reduce re-offending.

While recidivism rates have generally been stable, repeat offenders are a concern as they comprise more than 80% of the prison population, with many due to drug-related offences. 

Repeat offenders are also more likely to re-offend, and spend a longer time behind bars.

SMS Masagos said: "This is why we should continue to press on with our throughcare approach - intervening upstream to prevent offending, supporting families of offenders during the incase phase and downsteam, to help offenders reintegrate and turn their lives around."

Besides the DORP framework, the 2014 CARE Network Workplan Seminar highlighted concerted and structured efforts, such as the ongoing Yellow Ribbon Community Project and the upcoming Mandatory Aftercare Scheme (MAS), the ongoing Yellow Ribbon Community Project and the upcoming Mandatory Aftercare Scheme (MAS), which will support ex-offenders more effectively in their rehabilitation.

The intensive aftercare efforts will be supplemented by the upcoming Conditional Remission System (CRS) that enables the MAS.

Scheduled for implementation this year to target offenders with a higher risk of re-offending, the MAS enables SPS to enforce a structured supervision system for offenders who require greater support during their conditional release.

Mr Alvin Ng, who has previously worked with young offenders for five years, and is currently the programme manager of halfway house Green Haven, recently attended a DORP course and is looking forward to more.

The 39-year-old social worker had recently completed his further studies in social work before resuming his work at Green Haven in October 2013.

He said: “I think it’s important for constant training for social workers… to level up our skill sets to further help offenders. For social workers, every individual we work with is different, and we need to use different sets of tools to work with different individuals.”

DORP commenced in January 2014, with a total of 13 courses conducted for some 340 volunteers and professionals.

More than 1,000 training places in various courses will open up in 2014 for the volunteers and professionals working in the thoroughcare and aftercare sector.

The comprehensive training framework comprises courses which fall under four major domains, which have basic, intermediate and advanced levels to provide in-depth learning.

The four major domains for DORP courses are:

  • Offender Management.
    E.g. Principles of effective rehabilitation, Core correctional practices
  • Service delivery, planning and standards.
    E.g. Motivating offenders to change, Case management in Rehabilitation Practice
  • Family and community engagement.
    E.g. Working with families of incarcerated persons
  • Governance, organisational planning and leadership.
    E.g. Community supervision practice, Community Correctional Model

The inaugural CARE Network Workplan Seminar took place in 2013. The CARE Network comprises eight member agencies, namely

  • Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Ministry of Social and Family Development
  • Singapore Prison Service
  • Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises
  • National Council of Social Service
  • Industrial and Services Co-operative Society Ltd
  • Singapore After-Care Association
  • Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association
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