Temasek Cares KITS (Kids in Tough Situations)
Community-based trauma-focused therapy for children Partner: KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
Temasek Cares KITS (Kids in Tough Situations) is a pilot programme, in collaboration with KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH) which aims to build our community capabilities to support and help vulnerable children who face emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties, of mild to moderate severity, following a traumatic event.
The three-year pilot programme strives to bring trauma treatment to the community and provide accessible therapy for children, as well as raise the community's awareness and knowledge about trauma, its impact and how and when to seek treatment.
The Temasek Cares KITS programme aims to train 60 school counsellors, community social workers and therapists in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) to benefit up to 1,920 children and care-givers. It also aims to reach out to 7,000 teachers, students, parents and members of the public.
In the long run, the programme aims to develop an evidence-based model for community-based trauma-focused therapy for children that is appropriate for the Singapore context. 5 trainers will also be trained to continue to build the capability of the community in TF-CBT. This growing network of trained therapist will be able to provide trauma therapy to children in the event of emergencies and crisis.
Temasek KITS is a programme under the 'Stay Prepared' initiative to help people in Singapore to be more prepared for emergencies. For more information on the 'Stay Prepared' initiative, please click here.