SINGAPORE: A soccer area, an indoor sports activities corridor and science laboratories are among the many new facilities on the Singapore Boys’ Home (SBH) that authorities hope will better support residents of their rehabilitative journey. There can be a library, a residential block with “home-like” options for residents on the day-release scheme, in addition to an enhanced dad or mum visitation wing. These had been unveiled on Monday (Nov 22) through the official launch of the Singapore Boys’ Home’s new premises alongside Bulim Drive in Jurong. The house is a juvenile residential facility run by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). Its relocation to Bulim Drive in 2019 has allowed the Government to “shift a gear up in youth rehabilitation”, mentioned Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development Eric Chua on the launch occasion. “SBH has been continually adapting its rehabilitation approach to remain relevant and effective. Before the turn of the century, SBH’s focus was to ensure residents were equipped with hands-on skills so that they could find jobs and secure a livelihood after their discharge,” he added. “Over the past decade, we have established a school within the home, with qualified teachers from the MOE (Ministry of Education). … The school, together with a suite of programmes, including therapy, family programmes, arts, sports, music, befriending and many more, serves the residents very well.”
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