Singapore University of Social Sciences

Rehabilitation and Protection of Individuals and Families

Rehabilitation and Protection of Individuals and Families (SWK577)


The course provides an overview of the rehabilitation and protection services for individuals in Singapore. It will cover the changing landscape in rehabilitative work and the challenges in protecting the vulnerable groups like children and the elderly. It discusses the principles, practices and legislations that govern rehabilitation and protection in social work. The course will also cover theories, models and assessment tools that guide the work in rehabilitation and protection of individuals. As it is necessary to constantly review policies to stay relevant, the students will also be given the opportunity to appraise the social policies and services in this area. This course will demonstrate the balanced approach in the provision of rehabilitation and protection services with the preservation of an individual’s responsibility and motivation in mind.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JAN


  • Introduction to rehabilitation and protection work
  • Guiding principles underpinning rehabilitation and protection services
  • Legislations and international conventions
  • Ethics in rehabilitation and protection work
  • Statutory roles and responsibilities
  • Dynamic social environment / changing landscape
  • Theories and approaches in rehabilitation and protection work
  • Assessment and case management tools in rehabilitation and protection
  • Rehabilitation and protection of individuals and families (Case Studies)
  • Stakeholders and community partnerships
  • Systems approach and strategies
  • Leadership and progression

Learning Outcome

  • Discuss the concepts of rehabilitation and protection work.
  • Examine the principles, laws and international conventions underpinning the rehabilitation and protection of individuals.
  • Appraise the practice approaches and processes in working with individuals in need of rehabilitation and protection.
  • Analyse the social environment that supports the rehabilitation and protection of individuals.
  • Distinguish the various tools to assist in developing a calibrated approach to case management.
  • Formulate systems approach and strategies for effective intervention in rehabilitation and protection.
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