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Agenda and Minutes -
The 4 Meeting 12/13

Date: 2013/6/6
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Rm 1410, HKCSS, Duke of Windsor Social Service Blg


1. Confirmation of Minutes of Last Meeting – April 11, 2013 (emailed on May 28, 2013)

2. Matters arising
2.1 Family Summit 2013
2.2 Family Impact Assessment
2.3 Joint Project on Supporting Divorced Family (paper 1)

3. For Discussion:
3.1 Follow up of Welfare Agenda & Priorities Setting 2013 (WAPS) (Paper 2)
3.2 Population Policy (paper 3)

4. For Information:
4.1 Professional Workshops on Family-centred Practice (June 14 & 18, 2013)
4.2 Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare 2013
4.3 Networks’ Update (paper 4, to be followed)

5. AOB

6. Date of next meeting – August 8, 2013



Mrs Helina Yuk (Chairperson) Hong Kong SKH Lady MacLehose Centre
Mr Daniel CHEUNG (Vice-chairperson) Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association
Ms FU Suk-yin Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong
Ms Eliza LAM Caritas – Hong Kong
Ms Carol LEE Christian Action
Mrs Doris LEE Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council
Ms Anita LAM The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups
Ms Cross LI Hong Kong Christian Service
Ms Judy CHAN Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
Ms KEUNG Choi-yin Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council
Mr SIN Leung-kai The Salvation Army
Ms Wendy WONG St James’ Settlement
Mr Eric AU-YEUNG YMCA of Hong Kong
Ms Karrie CHAN Hong Kong Christian Service
Mr Moses MUI The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Ms Lynn LAW The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Mr Christopher TANG The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Ms Blanche KI The Hong Kong Council of Social Service


Ms Iris LIU (Vice-chairperson) International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Mr David CHEUNG Caritas – Hong Kong
Mr Charles NG Christian Family Service Centre
Ms Kathy HO Scout Association of Hong Kong
Ms Crystal CHENG The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Ms Noel CHOW (Recorder) The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Mrs Helina Yuk requested members to declare their conflict of interest (if any) at the beginning of the meeting.

1. Confirmation of Minutes of Last Meeting
The draft minutes of the meeting held on April 11, 2013 was circulated by email on May 28, 2013 and confirmed with nil amendment.

2. Matters Arising
2.1 Family Summit 2013
To promote the cross team agenda of the Council, a publication "Family Wellness" (好好家庭) was published and was tabled together with the details of the Summit for members' reference. Mr Moses Mui reported that the Summit, co-organized with the Family Council, was held on May 15, 2013. As for the Family Summit 2014, would be held on May 25, 2014.

2.2 Family Impact Assessment
A workshop on FIA was organized on May 16, 2013. Dr Karen Doneker Mancini, Assistant Professor, Family Studies and Community Development, Towson University, United States shared her expertise in Family Impact Assessment (FIA) research design with 30 participants from academic, management and frontline of the sector. Protocol of FIA through statutory minimum wage was also discussed. Many cases, from framework to method, were shared among participants.

Members were informed that Dr Lau Yuk-king of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is now conducting the local research on FIA, with the aim to build up a set of local protocol of FIA. It was suggested to invite Dr Lau to share the study progress in the next committee meeting.

2.3 Joint Project on Supporting Divorced Family
Mr Moses Mui clarified to the members that there was no paper for this item. The "Preparatory Group for Divorced Families Project" would held its next meeting in late June to finalize the proposal of joint project in advocating support and enhancing service provision for divorced families. Initially, the proposed joint project would cover various aspects including i) public education; ii) training for sector and iii) engagement with other disciplines.

3. For Discussion
3.1 Follow up of Welfare Agenda & Priorities Setting 2013 (WAPS)
A draft WAPS 2013 (paper 2) had been sent to members for reference. The recommendations are mainly based on the following agenda:
i) Cross-boundary Family Support支援跨境家庭
ii) Divorced Family Support 支援離異家庭
iii) Deprived / Low-income Family Support 居住環境惡劣的低收入家庭

Members were noted that the annual forum for WAPS Exercise 2013 was held in the morning on June 6, 2013. And the above agenda were raised in the sessions of "family & children service " and "youth and community service".

Mrs Helina Yuk commented that SWD seemed to be supportive to the "Divorced Family Support" initiative. It was suggested that more specific recommendation (eg. number of centres to be set, required manpower and service output etc) could be worked out for further discussion with SWD.

Mr Daniel Cheung reported the discussion on "Deprived / Low-income Family Support" initiative in the group session. 

After deliberation, two ad-hoc meetings would be called to further refine the initiatives of Cross-boundary Family Support and Divorced Family Support. Some members shown interest to join as follows:
i) Cross-boundary Family Support支援跨境家庭
Ms Carol Lee, Ms Anita Lam
ii) Divorced Family Support 支援離異家庭
Mrs Doris Lee, Ms Wendy Wong

More representatives from other agencies will be invited.

For the discussion on the Deprived / Low-income Family Support, it would be followed up in the coming meeting of Network on CD.

The final submission for the WAPS 2013 (together with other services) would be consolidated and sent to SWD by July 2013. Afterward, detailed proposals of the above initiatives would be ready in August 2013 for further deliberation with SWD.

3.2 Population Policy
A powerpoint on Population Policy (paper 3) was tabled for members' information. Mr Moses Mui introduced the background of the Government’s Steering Committee of Population Policy as well as explained the issues concerned related to family (i.e. low marriage and birth rate, type II babies, new arrivals, overage children) at the meeting.

Members were informed that the Steering Committee of Population Policy with Carrie Lam as the chairlady had been revamped in late 2012. Ms Christine Fang and some other NGO representatives were sitting in the committee. It was expected the related public consultation on population policy will be launched in September 2013. To prepare and facilitate the sector’s concern, a cross committee working group will be formed in HKCSS. It was agreed that Mr SIN Leung-kai will join the working group on behalf of this Specialized Committee to channel the concerns in family aspect.

4. For Information
4.1 Professional Workshops on Family-centred Practice (June 14 & 18, 2013)
The Happy Family Kitchen Project II Cookbook was tabled for members’ reference. Mr Moses Mui briefed members that 15,000 cookbooks has been distributing to the public and agency members as a community education material. There would be 3 Professional Workshops to be organized on June 14 and 18, 2013 for frontline social workers in various services. The workshop would be conducted by clinical psychologists with practice sharing of participating NGOs.

Besides, a Professional Toolkit would be published in June for social workers and professionals. The first distribution was scheduled on July 5, 2013 during the Project Finale. 

4.2 Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare 2013
Mr Eric Au-yeung updated members that 89 entries were received this year, including 21 entries from children & youth, 16 entries from elderly, 21 entries from family and 31 entries from rehabilitation service. Interviews would be arranged for the selected 24 nominations at the 2nd stage of adjudication. The award presentation ceremony has been scheduled in the afternoon of November 14, 2013 (i.e. Council's AGM).

4.3 Networks' Update
The Progress Report (April - May 2013) (paper 4) was tabled for members' reference. 

4.3.1 Ms Karrie Chan supplemented "Ethnic Minority Forum - Chinese as a Second Language (CSL)" was held on June 22, 2013 (Saturday). She also updated that an EM working group had been formed in the Commission on Poverty.

4.3.2 Mrs Helina Yuk reported that the NGO Forum on CD held its meeting in April 2013 to discuss the redundant resources from NLCDP. It was agreed that one portion would be allocated to new arrival project. No consensus was reached for the remaining resources. Further discussion was needed between the NGO sector and the government.

4.3.3 A Study Visit on New Arrival Service to Vancouver and Calgary Canada would be held from October 17 to 22, 2013. The Council had secured funding on 50% basis for 6 delegates. Mr Christopher Tang said that there would be 3 to 4 visitation in each states while 1 meeting with local legislative council in Calgary. Members were encouraged to make nominations for the subsidies.

5. Any Other Business

6. Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting would be held on August 8, 2013 (Thursday) at 2:30 pm in Room 1410, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:16 pm.