Singapore Children's Society

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Singapore Children's Society (Chinese: 新加坡儿童会) is a charitable organisation which looks after the welfare of children. It started out as an organisation which protects the physical, emotional and mental well-being of disadvantaged children.

Children's Society aims to protect and nurture children and youth of all races and religions, especially those who are abused, neglected, and/or from dysfunctional families. In 2012, the Society reached out to 71,039 children, youth and families in need.

Established in 1952, the needs of local children have changed over the years. Since then, Singapore Children's Society's services have evolved to meet their different needs. Today, the Society operates 10 service centres islandwide to broaden our reach via the six service categories of: Caregiving, Preventive, Developmental, Remedial, Community and Public Education.


To bring relief and happiness to children in need


To be a leading edge organisation in promoting the well-being of the child

Core Values[edit]

  • Compassion and Caring
  • Commitment
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Openness to Change


Singapore Children's Society was founded on 17 April 1952 by a group of civic-minded citizens. The group started with a convalescent home for malnourished children in Changi that was subsequently gazetted as a Place of Safety in 1988. It was also the pioneer voluntary welfare organisation to provide opportunities for training of social work undergraduates from the then University of Malaya.

Founding of the Singapore Association for Retarded Children[edit]

During the 1960s, Singapore Children's Society founded the Singapore Association for Retarded Children. That same year, the Society also opened the Social Work Service office in Toa Payoh.

More programmes[edit]

Recognising a social trend towards dual income families, Singapore Children's Society launched a pilot project that reached out to latchkey children in 1979. Then in 1982 and again in 1984, the United Nations Association of Singapore awarded Children's Society the "Most Outstanding Civic Organisation" Gold Award.

The year 1984 also saw Singapore Children's Society launch Tinkle Friend, a hotline dedicated to children aged between 7 to 12 for them to voice out their problems. Four years later, in 1988, the Society initiated and developed voluntary services for the prevention of child abuse. The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Standing Committee was formed to provide guidance and direction for the work undertaken.

In the 1990s, a series of developments took place that led to the opening of a Family Service Centre and the establishment of a Research Grant for Social Work.

Volunteer work[edit]

  • Telephone Counsellor
  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Share-a-skill
  • Fund raising

Financial Reporting[edit]

According to the 2013 Annual Report, the Society had $52,404,601 in cash and cash equivalents. The Society's operating expenses exceed $13 million a year. Employee Benefits Expenses totaled $7,019,444 in 2013. In the same year Administration expenses were $1,389,397, Fundraising Expenses were $3,209,514. For more information please see the financial report here:

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