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Ministry of Social and Family Development

The Ministry of Social and Family Development (Abbreviation: MSF; Malay: Kementerian Pembangunan Sosial dan Keluarga; Chinese: 社会及家庭发展部) is a ministry of the Government of Singapore focusing on nurturing resilient individuals, strong families and a caring society in Singapore.

Ministry of Social and Family Development, Singapore
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Logo of MSF
Agency overview
Formed1 November 2012
Preceding agency
JurisdictionGovernment of Singapore
HeadquartersMSF Building, 512 Thomson Road, Singapore 298136
Employees1930 (2019)
Annual budgetIncrease 3.00 billion (est) SGD (2019) [1]
Ministers responsible
Agency executives
  • Chew Hock Yong, Permanent Secretary[3]
  • Lee Tung Jean, Deputy Secretary
Child agencies

MSF was formed on 1 November 2012, after it was announced on 31 July 2012 that the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports would be restructured. Several portfolios, including youth and sports development, charity governance and REACH, the Government's feedback unit, were taken over by two other new Ministries - Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Communications and Information.[4]

In June 2018, the Save The Children organisation's End Of Childhood report ranked Singapore as the best country for children to grow up in. Its ranking methodology is based on eight indicators - under-five mortality rate, child stunting, out-of-school children and youth, child labour, child marriage, adolescent birth rate, child homicide rate and population displaced by conflict.[5][6]

Priorities and goalsEdit

One of MSF's immediate priorities was to re-examine public policies to help get Singaporeans to marry and have their first child earlier. In addition, MSF would work on strengthening the social safety net to better help those in need, especially those who are at risk.[7]


  1. ^ {{cite web|title = 025 MSF EE|work =Budget 2019|publisher =Ministry of Finance|date =February 2019|url
  2. ^ "Changes to Cabinet and Other Appointments". Prime Minister's Office. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Changes in permanent secretary appointments from May, as veteran civil servant retires". The Straits Times. Retrieved 13 September 2017.
  4. ^ "MCYS, MICA to be restructured to form 3 new ministries". Channel NewsAsia. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  5. ^ "S'pore best country for kids to grow up in". 31 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Singapore is the world's best country for children to grow up in, says NGO report". 4 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Ministry of Social and Family Development's immediate priorities". Channel NewsAsia. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2013.

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