03 Mar '11, 5am

Child protection to be improved: SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has i...

Child protection to be improved: SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) has i...

SINGAPORE : The number of child abuse cases in Singapore went up nearly 50 per cent to 247 in 2010 compared to the year before. But Minister for Community Development, Youth, and Sports, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said the system of child protection in Singapore is "generally strong and robust". Speaking at a children's conference on Thursday, he also spoke of improvements that can be made. Dr Balakrishnan said the issue of ensuring protection for child abuse victims is a long-term concern and a necessary investment for Singapore. He said this was especially so when dealing with victims of extreme abuse from "deeply dysfunctional" families. He said one proposal under consideration was to come up with a therapeutic small group home concept for such children, as an alternative to foster homes. Dr Balakrishnan said: "At the domestic level, you have to protect your most vulnerable...

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