In the 1940s, Hong Kong recovering from World
War II had experienced drastic social and economic changes. There
was massive influx of refugees from the Mainland which generated
the need to carry out large-scale relief work. Charitable organizations
and welfare agencies provided services and assistance to those
in need. The Committee on Voluntary Emergency Relief Council was
then set up to co-ordinate and plan various welfare services.
As the number of welfare agencies increased and services provided
became diversified, the coordination effort became more and more
important. By 1947, the Committee developed into the Hong Kong
Council of Social Service (hereinafter called "the Council"),
and became a body corporate in 1951.
The Council has grown since then to become an umbrella organization
around 400 Agency Member, that provide over 90% of the social
welfare services for those in need through their 3,000 service
units all over Hong Kong.
The Council represents, with clear vision and professional expertise,
non-governmental social service agencies committed to sustain and develop
social services in Hong Kong.
The Council and its member agencies believe in social justice
and equality, and the intrinsic rights of every individual. While
society is obliged to provide individuals with the basic social
and economic resources to develop their potentials, individuals
in turn should carry out their responsibilities towards their
families and society, to be self-reliant and to achieve self-actualization.
To build a social service sector that is highly accountable, efficient,
effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term
sustainable development of society and the well-being of our citizens.
To promote the development of social welfare together with its
member agencies, through:
- Enhancing accountability of social welfare service agencies;
- Promoting improvement of social welfare services;
- Facilitating agencies to better serve the community;
- Advocating equality, justice, social integration and a caring
- Setting the local welfare sector as a model of excellence
in the international community.