Singapore-Two toddlers who were alone at home when a fire broke out on a residential board flat in Marsiling last month were introduced to the Child Protection Service (CPS), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said Wednesday night. Said (July 6th).
In response to a question from The Straits Times, a MSF spokesman said CPS was investigating the case and whether the family needed additional assistance.
The Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) said in a Facebook post last month that it was warned that a fire broke out at Block 218 Marsiling Crescent around 10:40 pm on June 22nd.
A fire involving the contents of the bedroom damaged the entire unit with heat and smoke.
Before the SCDF arrived, two police officers rescued two conscious infants in the living room.
The infant’s parents declined to comment, but told ST that their children were recovering well two days after the fire.
Withers Khattar Wong’s family law expert, Ivan Cheong, said CPS would be involved in allegations of child abuse and in cases of suspected child welfare not being properly protected or cared for by parents.
“The CPS then intervenes to interview the relevant caregiver, assess the situation and make recommendations to the court. It can also implement a safety intervention plan until the results of the investigation are available,” Cheong said. He explained.
He said such investigations could take weeks or months, during which children do not always live away from their parents.
After the investigation is complete, CPS may apply to the court for relevant orders, which could result in children being removed from the care of their parents, Chung said.
“They may take care of other competent parents until the safety and well-being of their children is guaranteed,” he added.