Connecting local responses around the world
Just sharing an exercise we prepared for some social work students. The first part is the challenge and the second , our suggestions and "answers." Thought you may find some of the concepts we took from a Six-Sigma Lean Management book useful.
Restorative Neighbourhood Project – Beyond Social Services, Singapore
Beyond Social Services is a charity dedicated to reducing delinquency among children and youths from less privileged backgrounds. Our target population resides in government rental housing areas dedicated for the low-income. The families we are in touch with are from the lower end of the low-income spectrum, having a per capita income of $180 to $240 per month which is way below the $450 to $550 per capita income required for any social assistance in Singapore.
Singapore’s housing policy encourages home-ownership as an asset that can be liquidated for expenses during retirement. By and large the policy has worked well as citizens aspire to own homes and there are only 258 rental flats across the country for those unable to participate in the home ownership programme. Beyond’s work is with 27 such flats and the situation below happened within a neighbourhood of 3 blocks with a total of 1080 households.
The children mentioned live in the neighbourhood and we have been told by their neighbours that they are often hanging around because there is probably not enough space at home. Their parents are often not at home and when they are, they are quite happy to have their children out of the flat as they need their rest and privacy. Residents perceived these parents as irresponsible, unfriendly and even argumentative when appr
2 As an organisation guided by the helping principles below, what indeed can be an alternative to calling the authorities and sending the children to an institution?
3. What possible working frameworks could guide you in such a situation? Explain the advantages of doing so.
4. Describe a desired outcome from your intervention and how you would go about trying to reach it.