Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

MHA was set up in 1959 when Singapore attained self-governance. 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 two Statutory Boards (Casino Regulatory Authority and Singapore Corporation and Rehabilitative Enterprises) under MHA. Each has a specific role and responsibility but allshare a common mission and vision to work as one with the community, to keep Singapore safe and secure.

 Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)

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)

As a correctional agency, SPS enforces secure custody of offenders and rehabilitate them, for a safe Singapore. It is in SPS’s vision to inspire everyone at every chance, towards a society without re-offending as Captains of Lives. SPS is guided by three board principles, Rehab, Renew and Restart in helping the inmates to leave prisons as reformed individuals and keeping the society a safe place for all.

 Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises (SCORE)

SCORE was established as statutory board under the Ministry of Home Affairs in 1976. SCORE plays an important role in the Singapore correctional system through the provision of rehabilitation and aftercare services to inmates and ex-offenders, hence contributing to a safer Singapore. SCORE adopts a multi-faceted approach to rehabilitation and reintegration, focusing on training, work programme, employment assistance, development of aftercare sector and community engagement. It aims to prepare offenders for their eventual reintegration into the community.

 National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

NCSS aims to ensure every person has the opportunity to live a life of dignity to his or her fullest potential within society. It strives to provide leadership and direction in enhancing the capabilities and capacity of its members, advocating for social service needs and strengthening strategic partnerships, for an effective social service ecosystem. NCSS leads and coordinates the social service sector in Singapore. Member voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs) are its valued partners and NCSS works on creating greater synergy amongst all to better achieve our collective outcomes goal of impacting lives.

 Industrial & Services Co-Operative Society Ltd (ISCOS)

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 the 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, our programmes and services are geared towards enhancing the skills level of our 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)

SACA was formed in 1956 and was registered as a charity and attained Institute of Public Character (IPC) status in 1984. The Association is a VWO affiliated with the NCSS. SACA 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. SACA is governed by a Constitution. The Association is managed by an Executive Committee, which comprises volunteers from the public with representatives from the Prisons Department. The Committee is elected into office annually during the Annual General Meeting.

 Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)

SANA was set-up in August 1972 as a VWO to prevent drug abuse in Singapore and provide support wherever necessary. As a member of the CARE Network, SANA also collaborates with civic and community bodies, corporate organisations and schools in its anti-drug and rehabilitation programmes. SANA’s association with anti-drug work has made it a household name and it is well recognised in the region as an established anti-drug non-government organisation. SANA is affiliated to NCSS and is an approved charity with IPC status.

 Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF)

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.