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Social Work

More teenage girls joining street gangs

A band performs at the Youth Outreach centre in Sai Wan Ho, which aims to give teenagers a place to go at night. Photo: Thomas Yau

A growing number of girls are muscling out the boys in Hong Kong's teenage street gang culture, according to a charity that has been helping troubled youngsters for over two decades.

Sunday, 30 December, 2012, 7:15am 2 comments

ZeShan Foundation to use Operation Santa Claus to boost social work

Roy Chen's ZeShan Foundation donates to many causes, including the OSC appeal. Photo: Paul Yeung

A local charitable foundation has its eyes fixed on a vast social project on the mainland - training enough social workers to deal with the effects of massive urbanisation and other trends.

27 Dec 2012 - 3:37am

Social work requires patience and empathy

Drug trafficking, teenage pregnancy, suicide, bullying - the list of the city's youth problems is endless, and schools and parents must join hands to tackle them. Social workers are the bridge between schools and families to help students get back on the right track.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Troubled teenagers reached on internet

Social workers trying to connect with troubled young people are turning to the internet. Where once an outreach worker could stroll onto a soccer pitch and make contacts, these days they are tapping into cyberspace.

29 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Developer drops plan for social worker

Richfield Realty withdrew a plan to hire a social worker last night after a group of social workers campaigned against the move over the past week.

The developer, which acquires old buildings as part of its business, said it would 'improve the original plan' by donating money instead to charities to help the residents it displaced.

11 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Job offer gets bulldozed by social workers

A controversial property developer has advertised for a social worker to counsel residents forced to make way for redevelopment projects - provoking a backlash by hundreds of social workers.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Social workers stay up all night to keep local youth out of trouble

It is nearly 6am and Toe Chan Chun-to has just grabbed a bite to eat. He is on his way home after spending the whole night wandering the streets.

Don't mistake him for an outlaw who carries out dirty business after midnight. He is a social worker from Youth Outreach who seeks out young people at night and tries to keep them out of trouble.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Death sparks concern over cuts in elderly care

The death of a 72-year-old man at his home in a remote Sheung Shui village during Thursday's downpours has highlighted concern over government cuts in resources for community services aimed at helping the elderly in remote villages.

24 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Reaching out to help


The main duty of a social worker is to help people who are in crisis. They have to be optimistic and understanding, and persuade clients that things can change for the better with the correct guidance.

The ability to handle emergencies is also important since there are often unexpected cases of young people getting into trouble.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

Democrats apologise for registration error

The Democratic Party has apologised for a controversy surrounding legislator Wong Sing-chi, who stood for election describing himself as a social worker when he had not renewed his registration.

Three voters filed a complaint yesterday with the Independent Commission Against Corruption.

9 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

Family violence a case for the community

Tragedies arising from domestic violence never fail to shock. The deaths of a divorced mother and her two teenage children in Tsz Wan Shan provide a particularly sad example. We do not know enough details to draw any firm conclusions about whether the tragedy could have been anticipated or prevented.

28 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Hotline to help youth cope with job issues

Young people could be having a tough time finding work after the financial tsunami that has devastated the world's stock markets and caused many bankruptcies.

21 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Social workers at wits' end, surveys find

Many social workers suffer from depression and would prefer to serve young people rather than the elderly, two surveys have found.

The surveys' release coincides with tomorrow's Social Work Day, the organising committee of which interviewed about 500 social workers in February to study job satisfaction. The findings showed a quarter intended to change jobs within a year.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Principal vows closer monitoring of pupils to tackle problems

Social workers and teachers at Chiu Yang Por Yen Primary School will step up monitoring of children following the death of two of the school's pupils, in Primary Three and Six, in Sunday's Tin Shui Wai tragedy.

School principal Lam Pik-chu said yesterday social workers and teachers would encourage students to express themselves more.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Case system makes crisis hard to spot

Under current policy, social workers are assigned to individuals and not whole family

Three social workers had followed the case of the family involved in yesterday's apparent murder-suicide, but none of them had grasped the magnitude of the problem that led to the tragedy.

15 Oct 2007 - 12:00am