Re-offending among former youth home residents hits 8-year high

Around 2 in 5 re-offend within 3 years of release; social workers point to lack of post-care support

The Singapore Boys' Home (left) and Singapore Girls' Home house juvenile delinquents, those beyond parental control, and young people in need of care and protection.
The Singapore Boys' Home (left) and Singapore Girls' Home house juvenile delinquents, those beyond parental control, and young people in need of care and protection.ST FILE PHOTO

About two in five former residents of youth homes re-offended within three years of their release, latest statistics show.

Data from the Ministry of Social and Family Development, which runs the Singapore Boys' Home and Singapore Girls' Home, showed a 42.4 per cent recidivism rate for their former residents released in 2014.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'Re-offending among former youth home residents hits 8-year high'. Subscribe