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Up to 1,000 professionals, volunteers to be trained in handling ex-offenders

Published on Apr 28, 2014 2:36 PM

With a high number of repeat offenders, it has become a priority to equip volunteers and professionals with the essential skills to handle the needs of offenders and their families.

Senior Minister of State for Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli revealed on Monday that there will be up to 1,000 training slots this year in more specialised areas, to train both volunteers and professionals to handle a diverse range of offenders.

The Development Framework for Offender Rehabilitation Personnel (Dorp), a new training and development framework for the aftercare industry here, was first announced at last year's workplan seminar of the Community Action for the Rehabilitation of Ex-offenders (Care) Network. Since the start of the programme in January, 339 volunteers and professionals have been trained in 13 courses.

Speaking at the second Care Network's workplan seminar on Monday, Mr Masagos highlighted the need for personnel to receive training in more specialised areas like motivational interviewing in the prison context and working with families and children of offenders.

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