The Pilot Small Group Care (PSGC) is a new, smaller and specialised care home developed and supported by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to care for children with moderate to high levels of needs and care.
MSF chose two organisations to Pilot Small Group Care: Marymount Centre and Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home.
The objective of PSGC is to heal selected children of their traumatic experiences and improve their emotional & behavioural functioning in their residential, school and family settings before they are reintegrated back into their families and community.
The PSGC at Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home
The Pilot Small Group Care Home at Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home began operations in June 2017.
The level of care provided by the PSGC Home will be intensive, specialised and time limited. It will have a maximum capacity of 15 children and employ 12 care staff, one social worker and a deputy head of home to provide 24 hour care and supervision to the children.
The Home is built and designed to be safe, nurturing and therapeutic for the children and all the staff will be trained in and practice trauma informed care.
Children admitted into the PSGC Home must be approved by MSF. They can be boys or girls between 7 and 12 years of age. They can come from families, Children's Homes or foster care and they must be assessed by MSF to have moderate to high levels of needs and care based on the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment Scale (CANS).
The period of admission will be limited to 12 - 18 months after which the children will be reintegrated back into their families, Children's Homes or foster care.