Child and Family Services

No place for the faint-hearted

The standard rubric describes the role of a government social work officer as diverse and full of challenges, and applicants interested in the 20-plus entry-level places on offer should realise that is no exaggeration.

Saturday, 23 October, 2010, 12:00am

Day-care services fall short: group

A social service group has called on the government to promote community networking to relieve the demand for day-care services after a survey of at-risk children found about 70 per cent had at some time been left at home unattended.

21 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Single-parent centres face the axe

Lawmakers fear special needs will suffer under the plan to provide all family services out of integrated offices

Five support centres for single parents are in danger of being shut under a government plan to integrate services and save $8.5 million a year, a Legislative Council welfare services panel meeting was told yesterday.

11 Nov 2003 - 12:00am


In response to Fiona Wong Kai-ki's letter headlined 'Help genuinely needy' (South China Morning Post, December 17), I would like to point out that the government has put in place a comprehensive set of welfare services to assist individuals and families who are in genuine need.

28 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Department's support to families has been strengthened

I refer to the letter from Hilton Cheong-leen of the Hong Kong Civic Association, headlined 'Is enough being done to curb domestic violence?' (South China Morning Post, June 12), in which he appealed for more to be done to assist families faced with problems in order to prevent tragedies. I echo his appeal.

19 Jun 2002 - 12:00am

Better care on the cards for home alone children

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has produced 150,000 calendar cards for 1998, with child care hotline numbers on the reverse to promote home safety.

The calendar cards, which encourage the public to make use of occasional child care service, are available at all district offices, SWD district offices and sub-offices, as well as the Hong Kong Council of Social Services.

20 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Crime linked to low benefits

CHILDREN as young as four are turning to crime because of the inadequacy of public assistance payments, social workers claimed yesterday.

23 Dec 1993 - 12:00am

Counselling needed

I AM writing in response to the article ''Honey I 'shrunk' the amah'' (Sunday Morning Post, May 30). I was disappointed by the irresponsible reporting of this piece.

6 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Pledge on families a step forward

I AM sure that anyone with the interests of families at heart will have been impressed to read the published speech of Ian Strachan, Director of Social Welfare (South China Morning Post, May 21), which highlights reasons why we need a Family Policy and a Programme Plan for family services in Hongkong.

5 Jun 1993 - 12:00am