Our Story

Students Care Service (SCS) was birthed by the then-Principal of St Andrew’s Secondary School, Mr Francis Thomas in 1976.  At that time Mr Thomas observed that there were students in his school who had the potential to do well.  However, due to situational challenges, they struggled in school, engaged in disciplinary issues and eventually dropped out of the school system.  He then established a team of social workers to provide the necessary support to these students and their families.  This team has since grown into the Students Care Service of today.

Milestones

2010 – Present

2015
  • Organised Kits for Kids – a fundraiser by the scale-modelling community for SCS, supported and championed by Minister of Social and Family Development, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
  • Organised a Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner on 31 July at Singapore Island Country Club officiated by Minister for Manpower, Mr Lim Swee Say
  • Invited by the International Association Schools of Social Work (IASSW) to provide training to social work educators and practitioners on the topic of “School Social Work in Schools” Ho Chi Minh City from 9 to 12 November 2015
  • Appointed by Ministry of Education (MOE) to provide consultation and training for the pilot of the Student Welfare Officers scheme in Singapore
  • Mission & Vision statement was broadened to reflect SCS’ work with children and youth. Intended Impact Statement and Theory of Change were articulated to facilitate consistent and clear understanding of SCS’ work
2014
  • Organised Kits for Kids – a fundraiser by the scale-modelling community for SCS, supported and championed by Minister for Manpower, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin
  • Organised a Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner on 10 October at Singapore Island Country Club officiated by Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Lim Swee Say
  • Go for Goal! set a new record of 6 hours and 3 minutes for the Longest 11-a-side Football Match in the Singapore Book of Records
  • Presented with the Outstanding Community Partnership Award by Clementi Police Division on 14 November in recognistion of the close partnership with and strong support rendered to the Division
  • Successfully completed Phase 1 of Project CROPS – pilot of a service delivery framework for Student Care Centres in Singapore
  • Seconded School Social Work Model adapted into Attached School Social Work Model and implemented in a mainstream Primary School
2013
  • Organised a Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner on 28 June at Raffles Country Club officiated by Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Mr Lim Swee Say (Social Service)
  • Organised Carnival of Drums on 6 April at Downtown East officiated by Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Defence, Mr Chan Chun Sing
  • Successfully completed 2-year pilot of Seconded School Social Work Model in Singapore
  • Provided consultation for Project CROPS to pilot a service delivery framework for Family Service Centre linked Student Care Centres (FSC-linked SCCs) in Singapore. Appointed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)
2012
  • Staff, Mr Benjamin Teo Chye Hee, awarded the 2012 South West District ComCare Award (Social Service)
  • Staff, Mrs Tan-Wu Mei Ling, awarded the Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) for 2012
  • Organised a Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner on 23 October at Raffles Country Club, officiated by Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamed
  • Organised a Mandarin Seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) cum photo exhibition by youths with ASD at the POD, Central Library
  • Organised first Carnival of Drums, a fundraising and community relations event, on 11 March at the Promontory, Marina Bay
2011
  • Organised a Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner on 4 November at Raffles Country Club, officiated by MG (NS) Chan Chun Sing, Acting Minister for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports
  • Completed the extension of Yishun Centre
  • Launched the “Daisy Phay Foundation – Students Care Service Scholarship” to benefit full-time junior college students
2010
  • Youth COP programme received the 2010 South West District’s Community Safety and Security Programme (CSSP) Gold Award
  • Provided an overseas consultancy service on strategic planning for the Department of Youth and Sports of the Ministry of Education (Career Education and Counselling Division) of Bhutan
  • Published the book, “Students Care Service: Standards for School Social Work Practice”
  • Research study and publication, “In Their Own Words: An Exploratory Study on the Social Coping of Youths with Autism”
  • Organised “EMIT! Finale Carnival”, as a conclusion the year-long EMIT! project to promote the values of Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010, officiated by Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State (Law and Home Affairs)

2007 – 2009

2009
  • Organised Overseas Community Service Project – “Going Miles, Bringing Smiles” by youths and volunteers to Cambodia
  • Co-organised and presented professional seminar “Engaging Youths to Succeed in Schools” in conjunction with National Youth Council’s ASEAN+3 seminar on Urban Youth Work IV
  • Youth COP programme received the 2009 South West District’s Community Safety and Security Programme (CSSP) “Excellent” Award
  • Set a new Singapore Book of Records for the “Largest Contingent of People Carrying Different Country Flags” with 153 participants holding up 101 flags to form the letters “YOG”
  • Organised “EMIT!”, a year-long programme to celebrate the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2010, launched by Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee, Senior Minister of State (Law and Home Affairs)
  • Relocated Clementi Centre from Blk 437 Clementi Ave 3 to Blk 329 Clementi Ave 2
  • Staff, Mr. Lee Seng Meng, awarded the 2009 South West District ComCare Award (Social Worker)
2008
  • Launched publication “The Practice of Group Work: Tips on Starting a Group”
  • Organised and presented professional seminar “Discovering the Rhythm in You: The Practice of Group Work”, officiated by Minister for Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS), Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
  • Launched publication “School Social Work: A Guide to Programme Planning and Evaluation”
  • Appointed by National Council of Social Service (NCSS) as “Centre of Specialisation – School Social Work”
  • Youth COP programme received the South West CDC Community Safety and Security Programme Gold
    Award
  • Collaborated with Clementi Woods Secondary School to participate in the Youth Congress organised by National Youth Council (NYC) / National Committee on Youth Guidance and Rehabilitation (NYGR). Guided team to develop a board game titled “Theftation” which won the Most Innovative Project award
2007
  • Organised Overseas Community Service Project – “Project X3” by Youths to Kolap 4, Cambodia
  • Organised Workshop on “Helping Self-Mutilating Clients”
  • Launched publication “Apart or A Part: The Social Worker’s Multiple Journeys”

2002 – 2006

2006
  • Organised and presented professional seminar “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges: Helping Youth Pursue Excellence”
  • Co-organised first “National Symposium for School Social Work and Counselling 2006” with NCSS
  • Contributed to the formation of Mentoring Partnership International and provided interim housing at SCS Hougang Centre
2005
  • Organised an Overseas Service Learning Project by youths to Khao Lak, Phuket
  • Organised the “International Conference on Inclusive Education: The School as a Caring Community”, officiated by Mr Gan Kim Yong, Minister of State, Ministry of Education from 9 to 11 November
  • Staff, Mrs Wong Cher Meng, awarded the Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) for 2004
  • Published “The SMP handbook on Mentoring: Friendship, Support and Guidance”
  • Launched publication “Raising Your Family’s EQ”, officiated by Mayor Amy Khor, South West District
2004
  • Initiated Project “O” for “O Levels Students
  • Organised the first Musical, “Project Passion: Howling Tales”
  • Presented paper on “Building Social Capital Through Youth Mentoring Programme” at Global Social Work 2004 at Adelaide, Australia
  • Organised first “Youth Mentoring Convention: The Promise of Mentoring” on 4 September officiated by Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and Second Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan
  • Completed “Exploratory Study on “Out-of-School Youths” (OSYs), a joint research project with Singapore Anti-Narcotics Association (SANA)
  • Led group on School Social Work Study Trip and Conference, 13 to 24 April (United States)
2003
  • Staff, Ms Esther Koh, awarded the Outstanding Social Worker Award (OSWA) for 2002
  • Organised Professional Seminar on “Working with Students – A Systemic Approach” officiated by Mr Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State for Education, and Community Development and Sports
  • Published findings of “An Exploratory Study on Youths’ resilience and family values in Singapore” in June
2002
  • Launched book “A Hand To Hold” cum Seminar on “Children with Special Needs”, by Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister of State for Education, and Manpower
  • Organised the first students’ seminar “Voices and Choices” on 26 October officiated by Mr Chan Soo Sen, Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office and Education and Ministry of Community Development and Sports
  • Organised the first SCS Volunteers’ Connection

2000 – 2001

2001
  • Initiated and introduced PSLE Hotline in Singapore
  • Presented “Arms and The Man” on 8 December. The joint theatrical production with Vysion Arts Productions
    aimed to provide young people the opportunity to develop and showcase their potential through their
    creative involvement in drama
  • Organised “Walk of Joy” on 18 November at Marinade Promenade Park to celebrate our 25th Anniversary with clients and their families, volunteers, donors, staff and well-wishers. The event was graced by RADM (NS) Teo Chee Hean, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence
  • Collaborated with SPH’s Thumbs Up weekly to organise a public seminar “Entry Into Secondary One” for parents and their children in primary six on 11 November
  • Launched maiden publication “Systemic Practice in School Social Work” on 3 September by Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee, Minister of State for Law and Home Affairs, and Chairman of the Inter-Ministry on Youth Crime. He commended SCS and said that it was “a laudable effort to document its rich experiences and share them with other professionals”
  • Organised first professional seminar “Reaching Greater Heights” on 3 September. It was attended by 333 participants and provided an opportunity for policy makers, academicians, social workers and professionals to exchange ideas and experiences in the field of students’ work
  • Celebrated our 25th birthday on 7 June and the celebration logo was unveiled by Chairman, RADM (RET) Kwek Siew Jin
  • Unveiled new corporate identity to better reflect our mission during a Charity Golf Tournament and Dinner on 2 March, officiated by Mr. Bernard Chen, MP for West Coast GRC
2000
  • Published findings of the Research Study on “The Juvenile Shoplifting Phenomenon”

1990 – 1999

1999
  • Relocated Hougang Centre from Hougang Ave 3 to Hougang Ave 10
1998
  • Collaborated with NUS Society, NUS and Tanjong Pagar CDC on the Student Mentorship Programme
  • Participated in the Guidance Programme funded by MCDS
1997
  • Partnered Autistic Association (Singapore) to pilot the Reach-Me Project and provided its interim housing at SCS Clementi Centre
1996
  • Supported and provided physical facilities and admin support to the Dyslexia Association of Singapore for the first learning centre
  • Celebrated 20th anniversary with Charity Musical Chairs project
1995
  • Set up Yishun Centre. The first brick-laying ceremony was graced by the Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Home Affairs and MP for Sembawang GRC, Assoc Prof Ho Peng Kee. The opening was officiated by Minister for Community Development, Mr Abdullah Tarmugi
1991
  • Expanded premises of Clementi Centre

1981 – 1989

1989
  • Established Hougang Centre and relocated Penang Lane office to Hougang Centre at Blk 18, Hougang Ave 3. Opening was officiated by the late Dr Tay Eng Soon
1988
  • Hosted visit to Clementi Centre by President Wee Kim Wee
1985
  • Opening of Clementi Centre at Blk 437 Clementi Ave 3 officiated by the late Dr Tay Eng Soon, Minister of State for Education
1983
  • Affiliated to Singapore Council of Social Service and Community Chest of Singapore
  • Introduced Educational Psychology Service
  • Set up Clementi Centre at Blk 437 Clementi Ave 3

1975 – 1979

1978
  • Organisation name changed to Students Care Service (SCS)
1977
  • Granted Institution of a Public Character (tax-exempt) status by Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore
1976
  • Registered School Social Work Service Association of Singapore’s (SSWSAS) with office at Penang Lane
1975
  • Pro-tem Committee was established