Our Initiatives
Advancing Aftercare Capabilities and Capacity

As part of CARE Network's effort to build evidence - based practices in the aftercare sector, research was undertaken by SACA, which took reference from existing local and overseas studies.

After months of consultation with aftercare professionals, the Aftercare Contextualised Competency Framework (ACF) framework was launch in 2021. The framework was adapted from the Skills Framework for Social Service (Social Work) and contextualised to the aftercare sector by outlining key competencies, skills and knowledge areas distinct to Aftercare related work. You can access the framework here. The same year, the first CARE Network training course "Corrections and Aftercare Landscape " was held in mid-May. The course was jointly developed by SPS and SACA to provide contextual information of Singapore's corrections and aftercare landscape and a total of 51 aftercare professionals attended.

Targeted Support for Clients

The Case Management Framework (CMF) was implemented in SACA and SANA in 2001. It is a holistic approach in counselling, comprising both incare and aftercare components, to enable higher levels of functioning and greater resilience in clients as they prepare for their eventual re-entry. In 2014, to better manage the complex needs of offenders in their rehabilitation journey, the Developmental Framework for Offender Rehab Personnel (DORP) was implemented to ensure professionalism and enhance service delivery.

Support for Education and Skills Upgrading

The launch of Lee Foundation Education Assistance Scheme (LFEAS) in 2003 provides clients with the opportunity to pursue GCE ('N', 'O' and 'A') Levels, and tertiary qualifications through a co-payment scheme. In 2010, the YRF STAR (Skills Training Assistance to Restart) Bursary and ISCOS' Skills Assistance Subsidy Scheme (SASS) were launched to enable upgrading and upskilling. 

Community Engagements and Collective Action

To expand its reach in the community, CARE Network launched the YRP and YRF in 2004, and the Yellow Ribbon Community Project (YRCP) in 2010 to reach out to families. In 2015, the Network welcomed YRF as a core member to ensure CARE Network’s objectives are better resourced, and to align YRF’s funding with national priorities to maximise impact.

In 2019, ahead of the Network’s 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2020, a comprehensive review of CARE Network was initiated to rally collective effort to reduce the 2-year and 5-year recidivism rates and chart the future direction of the Network. Over 70 partner agencies and 350 individuals were engaged. Three working groups led by core members (SACA, SANA, ISCOS and SPS) were formed to drive the review. The recommendations were consolidated into two strategic thrusts, namely: (i) advancing CARE Network capabilities and capacity, and (ii) strengthening throughcare and reintegration journey. A Digital Publication was launched in 2020, as CARE Network celebrates its 20th Anniversary, to align collective efforts with the strategic thrusts.

CARE Network Events

The first CARE Network Seminar was held in 2013. Since then, the annual event has served as a key platform for knowledge-sharing and networking among CARE Network partners.

In 2020, CARE Network kicked off its 20th Anniversary with a collaboration with Nanyang Polytechnic to produce a Drama Production “Ripples”. Held on 18 Jan, the production was graced by President Halimah Yacob as the guest-of-honour and paid tribute to the unsung heroes who made second chances possible. To close off the year, the Network organised a hybrid event themed “CN+ Together – A Network of Opportunities” to celebrate CARE Network milestone and to appreciate partners. The event was graced by Associate Professor Mohammad Faishal Ibrahim, Minister of State for MHA and MND and saw 109 people from various agencies coming together.

In 2021, the CARE Network Summit sees the conversion of the CARE Network Workplan Seminar from a one-day physical convention to a fully virtual three-day event. With the event hosted virtually, the Network was able to reach out to more partners and new demographics in efforts to rally more individuals and organisations towards the Yellow Ribbon cause.