Child Protection

Magistrate removes 'spiderkids' from parents for three years

The 'spiderkids' of Tin Shui Wai have been ordered to be taken away from their parents for three years by a magistrate, who slammed the parents for 'severe negligence' that had caused the children's development to be delayed.

Tuesday, 15 July, 2008, 12:00am

Care needed on child welfare applications

A child's rightful place is with its parents. Sadly, circumstances can often make that difficult, if not impossible. There is sometimes a need to provide welfare support to ensure that families can stay together. This upholding of family values rightly enjoys strong support in the community. But it must not be abused.

13 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Child-deaths panel to improve welfare system

An independent panel has been formed to examine about 90 children's deaths of the past two years, in hopes of improving child protection and welfare services and preventing such fatalities in future.

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Affordable child care can cut home-alone cases

Another child has been seriously hurt after being left alone at home. In the past four weeks four children, including the three-year-old rescued yesterday from a burning flat, have been injured after being left unattended by their parents. At times like this, we feel pity for the children and outrage at the parents.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Big-business mindset ignores child welfare

A benchmark of a mature society is the way it cares for its old and its young, its sick and disadvantaged. The foundation stone remains the family unit. When this breaks down or no longer has the resources to cope with the needs of its members, the government and non-government organisations (NGOs) have a role to play by providing a helping hand, or protection for the vulnerable.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Splitting of family draws Legco fire

Social Welfare Department challenged over 'last resort' care order from court to put one-year-old into residential home

Social welfare officials may face questions in the Legislative Council about why a 'last resort' court order was obtained to remove a one-year-old boy from his family before all other options had been exhausted.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

Panel on child deaths must have wide scope

It took community outrage over the deaths two years ago of a mother, her two children and her killer-husband to highlight domestic violence and child abuse and raise them in the government's social priorities. The deaths could have been prevented.

5 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Surge in abused children going into foster homes

Social workers blame flaws in system for 76pc rise in cases

The number of children who have lost their homes because of abusive parents has surged by almost 76 per cent in the past three years, a Sunday Morning Post investigation has found.

28 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

child welfare agency tightens rules

The Society for the Protection of Children has changed its policy since the death of Ng Wing-sum and will no longer return children in its care to parents until they are three years old.

The change was announced this week. As before, a child's time in care can by extended if social workers recommend it.

5 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Children - the best investment

No investment offers a better return than giving children the best start in life. But although investing in such long-term fundamentals is crucial, it can be hard in times of political and economic uncertainty.

4 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

Safety first for young surfers

Parents were warned this week to move home computers out of their children's bedrooms and into a family room to protect children from potential child abusers.

24 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Welfare workers in plea for 'street children'

WELFARE workers last night appealed to protesting rooftop dwellers camped out on a Mongkok street to consider their children.

Fourteen children, one as young as eight months old, are spending days and nights on the dusty pavement because their parents refuse temporary government housing offers.

10 May 1995 - 12:00am

Protect our children

THE recent horrific case of a two-year-old boy whose genitals were mutilated, arm broken, back burned and body covered with some 80 holes caused by safety-pin pricks has shaken the public into looking carefully at children, an extremely vulnerable group, who often are inadequately attended.

26 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Old attitudes are changing

I REFER to the letter on child abuse headlined, ''Attitude poses grave concern'' (South China Morning Post, December 29).

It was indicated by the author that after reporting a suspected child abuse case to the police, the caller was told that ''that is how the Chinese bring up their children''.

9 Jan 1993 - 12:00am