Children and adolescents under guardianship commended for outstanding performance (with photos)

     The Director of Social Welfare (DSW), Ms Carol Yip, showed her care and concern for some 170 DSW wards as well as children and adolescents receiving residential care services from the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals (TWGHs) today (February 3) during a joyful reunion with them at the 2018 Award Presentation Ceremony for DSW wards co-organised by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) and the TWGHs. She also commended those who made remarkable achievements or showed great improvements in academic studies, conduct, sports, arts and serving others last year.

     Speaking at the ceremony, Ms Yip expressed her appreciation to the awardees for being able to face challenges and overcome difficulties in their life with a positive attitude. She also extended her gratitude to relatives, carers, volunteers and social workers who have been offering care and support to these children.

     She also thanked the TWGHs for co-organising and sponsoring the event, which has offered great encouragement and best wishes for the children over the years.

     Ms Yip said that today's ceremony also carried a special meaning as it launched the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the SWD. Noting that welfare services in Hong Kong have evolved into a wide range of professional services over the past 60 years, Ms Yip said that the SWD has adopted "60 Years We Care, In Harmony We Share" as the theme for the celebrations in the hope that different sectors of society will continue to forge partnerships with the Government in building a caring and harmonious society.

     She added that the department will continue to uphold the "people-oriented" approach and strive to deliver services tailored to the needs of the public.

     At the ceremony today, a total of 44 children and adolescents were presented with either Best Achievement Awards or Best Improvement Awards.

     Children and adolescents are made wards of the DSW in accordance with the court procedures stipulated in the Protection of Children and Juveniles Ordinance (Cap 213) for various reasons, such as death, loss, imprisonment, long-term hospitalisation or incapability of their parents, or their being unable or unsuitable to live with their family members. The SWD's case workers, according to the family conditions and needs of the wards, draw up appropriate long-term welfare plans for them, such as arranging for adoption or reunion with their families, or preparing them to live independently when they become grown-ups.

     As at the end of December 2017, there were a total of 648 DSW wards. Among them, 43 per cent lived in foster care homes or small group homes. Thirty-three per cent lived in institutions while the rest lived on their own or with their parents, siblings or relatives.

     Also officiating at today's ceremony was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the TWGHs, Dr Lee Yuk-lun.

Ends/Saturday, February 3, 2018
Issued at HKT 11:35