carenetwork

Vision: Hope, Confidence and Opportunities for Ex-offenders

The Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (CARE) Network was formed in 2000 and is an alliance of various Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) and community agencies under the joint leadership of Singapore Prison Service (SPS) and Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE).

There are close to 9000 inmates released from prison each year and they face various reintegration challenges. Many need to adapt to the demands of adjusting back to the society and coping with the stigma of their past imprisonment. 

CARE Network hopes to ease the reintegration journey for ex-offenders and their families by collaborating with partners to coordinate various aftercare interventions. This helps to provide holistic support for the ex-offenders and families. 

Objectives of CARE Network 

  • To improve the quality of rehabilitative services through knowledge-sharing.
  • To build awareness and understanding of the rehabilitative process amongst the general public.
  • To increase efficiency by reducing duplication of work and services between member agencies.
  • To create seamless transfer between incare and aftercare.
  • To mobilise and facilitate the community to take action toward rendering appropriate support services to help ex-offenders and their families reintegrate into the society.

Responsibilities of CARE Network

  • Set guidelines and directions for the comprehensive provision of aftercare support services for discharged ex-offenders and their families.
  • Co-ordinate the efforts of the member organisations and external agencies to provide a seamless transition between incare and aftercare.
  • Raise the level of public awareness and concern about the needs/problems faced by ex-offenders and their families.
  • Identify and recommend funding for appropriate CARE Network initiatives run by after-care organisations.

Key CARE Network Members

CARE Network brings together community partners and government organisations to work towards better reintegration and rehabilitation of ex-offenders. Beyond the nine core member agencies, there is a larger ecosystem of community partners involving Volunteer-Welfare Organisations, Halfway Houses, Religious Organisations, Grassroots, Corporates and Schools. The nine core CARE Network member agencies are:

Agency

Roles

Ministry of Home Affairs

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

Provides nation-wide policy and directions on criminal justice and correctional issues 

Ministry of Social and Family Development

Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)

Provides nation-wide policy and directions on social issues

Singapore Prison Service

Singapore Prison Service (SPS)

Provides directions to enhance continuum of care (throughcare)


Capabilities: Criminogenic & psychology-based correctional programmes

SCORE

Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)

*SCORE is the Secretariat to the CARE Network*


Capabilities: Employment assistance, employer engagement, management of accommodation services

National Council of Social Service

National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

Capability building among CN partners, funding


Capabilities: Accreditation, connecting different VWOs in supporting CN priorities 

Industrial & Services Co-operative Society

Industrial and Services Co-operative Society Ltd (ISCOS)

Key touch point for ex-offenders & community, target family & children 


Capabilities: Fairy Godparent Programme (supporting children of offenders), support group, employment assistance

Singapore After-Care Association

Singapore After-Care Association (SACA)

Key touch point for ex-offenders & community, coordinate training & research 


Capabilities: Training volunteers, research studies, education, support group, case management 

Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association

Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)

Key touch point for ex-offenders & community, targeting substance abuse


Capabilities: Yellow Ribbon Community Project (involving Grassroots), Drop in Centre, case management, support group 

Yellow Ribbon Fund

Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF)

Funding mechanism for programmes and services


Capabilities: YRF Star Busary, YR Emergency Fund, Yellow Brick Road