Our Core Members

The continued commitment of our partners is critical in driving our cause. The nine core CARE Network members are:

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

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MHA was set up in 1959 when Singapore attained self-governance. Under MHA, there are now seven Departments: Central Narcotics Bureau, Home Team Academy, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, Internal Security Department, Singapore Civil Defence Force, Singapore Police Force and Singapore Prison Service; and three Statutory Boards: Home Team Science and Technology Agency, Casino Regulatory Authority and Yellow Ribbon Singapore.

Each has a specific role and responsibility but all share a common mission and vision. All Home Team Departments and agencies work as one with the community, to keep Singapore safe and secure.

Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)

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MSF started out as a social welfare department to address malnutrition during the Japanese Occupation. Since then, MSF have gone through many mergers and portfolio changes. Working with community and social service partners, MSF strives to support individuals and families through sound social policies and effective initiatives that target their needs.

MSF develops the “heartware” for Singapore through its policies, community infrastructure, programmes and services. MSF’s mission is to nurture a resilient and caring society that can overcome challenges together. Previously known as the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports, the Ministry was officially restructured on 1 November 2012.

Singapore Prison Service (SPS)

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As a correctional agency, SPS enforces secure custody of offenders and rehabilitate them for a safe Singapore. As Captains of Lives, SPS's vision is to inspire everyone, at every chance, towards a society without re-offending. The tagline: “Rehab, Renew, Restart” emphasises SPS's commitment to rehabilitate inmates who desire to change, renew and restart their lives for the better, and garner the support of the community.

Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG)

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Formerly known as Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE), Yellow Ribbon Singapore (YRSG) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs.

YRSG's purpose is to help inmates and ex-offenders rebuild their lives and lower the recidivism rate through skills and long term career development, with an effective Aftercare support network.

As the lead agency championing Hope, Forgiveness, Acceptance and Second Chances for ex-offenders, YRSG strive towards building a safer and more inclusive Singapore.

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

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NCSS is the umbrella body for some 450 member social service agencies in Singapore. The mission of NCSS is to provide leadership and direction in social services, to enhance the capabilities of social service agencies, and to provide strategic partnerships for social services.

Since 1992, NCSS has taken over the functions of the former Singapore Council of Social Service (SCSS) and Community Chest of Singapore. The restructuring set the momentum for social services to leap into the 21st century.

Industrial & Services Co-Operative Society Ltd (ISCOS)

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Since 1989, ISCOS has been extending friendship and support to ex-offenders and their families so that they can lead meaningful and productive lives. Together with CARE Network/Yellow Ribbon Project partners, ISCOS takes an active role in engaging the community to help ex-offenders and their families gain a foothold in the society.

As a social Co-operative for ex-offenders under the purview of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), ISCOS’ programmes and services are geared towards enhancing the skills level of members, connecting them with supportive employers, providing social support through positive peer groups, building stronger family units, as well as extending academic assistance to their children in order to prevent intergenerational offending.

Singapore After-Care Association (SACA)

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SACA was formed in 1956 and registered as a charity and attained Institute of Public Character (IPC) status in 1984. The Association is affiliated with NCSS and is a key after-care agency providing welfare and rehabilitation services for discharged offenders and their families.

SACA’s aim is to assist clients and their families to cope with problems arising from the offending behaviour and the consequent incarceration. This is done with the belief that such assistance would give clients the chance to reintegrate into society successfully thereby reducing the chances of recidivism.

Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)

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SANA was set up in 1972 to complement the work of CNB in combating drug abuse in Singapore. SANA is a full member of NCSS and is registered under the Charities Act with approved IPC status.

SANA believes the fight against drug abuse starts with building self-worth, and enabling self-determination. Every one of us can rise above influence, instant thrill and self-doubt to stay focused on the people and things that really matter. SANA is focused on connecting with individuals, communities and those at-risk, in every engagement – to inspire positivity, restore hope and invigorate action.

Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF)

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YRF is the first national charitable fund devoted entirely towards the development and implementation of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and services for ex-offenders and their families.

YRF was granted IPC status in August 2004 and a YRF committee was set up to provide guidance the strategy and oversee its operation. Since 1 January 2014, the YRF main committee members were appointed by DPM/Minister of Home Affairs. In late 2015, YRF was included as part of the CARE Network member agencies.