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Agenda and Minutes -
The 4 Meeting 15/16

Date: 2016/05/17
Time: 14:30
Location: Room 1204, 12/F, DWSSB, Wanchai


1           Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting (Appendix 1)

2           Matters arising

2.1          Manpower shortage

2.2          ICYS review - Implications for the collaboration of other services

2.3          Youth suicide


3           For discussion

3.1          2016 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting (WAPS) Exercise (Appendix 2,3&4)

3.2          Strengthen the Inspection and Monitoring of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly and Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (Appendix 5)


4           For Information

4.1          Progress report (Appendix 6 – to be followed)


5           Any other business


6           Date of next meeting and proposed meeting schedule for 2016





19 July 2016

at 2:30pm


20 September 2016

at 2:30pm


Minutes of the 4th meeting held on 17 May 2016 at 2:30pm in Room 1204 of the Duke of Windsor Social Service Building.



Mrs Helina Yuk (Chairperson)

Hong Kong SKH Lady MacLehose Centre


Ms Cindy Leung (Vice-chairperson)

Hong Kong Family Welfare Society


Ms Emily Kwong

Aberdeen Kai-Fong Welfare Association Social Service Centre


Ms Lam Yee Mui

The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong


Mr Lai Wing Hoi

Caritas – Hong Kong


Mr Cooke Cheung

St James' Settlement


Mrs Queenie Wong

Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong Kong


Mrs Angela Chiu

Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council / Rep of SC (FC)


Dr Ernest Chui

Life Members


Mr Ng Ting Shan

Heung Hoi Ching Kok Lin Association

/ Rep of SC (ELD)


Ms Crystal Cheng






Ms Grace Chan (CO, Elderly)



Mr Moses Mui (CO, FC)



Ms Karen Yiu (CO, CY)



Ms Franki Wong (Recorder)






Dr Lam Ching Choi

Haven of Hope Christian Service/ Co-opted Member


Mr Chan Wing Kai

The Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China


Ms Susan So

Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children/ Rep of SC (CY)


Mr Raymond Lai

The Salvation Army


Mrs Winnie Wong

The Hong Kong Society for the Deaf
/ Rep of SC (Rehab)


Mr Kuo Chun Chuen (CO, Rehab)






1          Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting

Typo was found in agenda item3.5. Minutes would be revised accordingly.


2          Matters arising

2.1         Manpower shortage

A briefing session was held on 13 May 2016 to introduce the health care related training courses for the operators of elderly and rehabilitation services. Representatives from the Open University of Hong Kong, Vocational Training Council, Employees Retraining Board and Caritas Institute of Higher Education were invited to be the speakers. The platform provided the training institutes and NGOs an opportunity to seek cooperation, for examples, placement offer and recruitment of potential employees. Members reflected that it would be hard to provide the placement offer since they lacked a stationed PT or OT. Referred to observation of Ms Cindy Leung from a study visit on Elderly Service in Australia, creating semi-professional posts, part-time posts and rearranging the working procedures could help releasing the demand on the manpower.

Ms Crystal Cheng noted that University Grants Committee and Food and Health Bureau would be the important lobbying targets. With the assistance from SWD, concerns of lack of OT and PT were channeled to UCG. Thus, the degree quota for OT and PT had been increased. For the liaison with FHB, Ms Cheng was one of the members of committees on the manpower issues. She would share some recommendations mentioned in the manpower report in next Standing Committee meeting.


2.2         ICYSC review - Implications for the collaboration of other services

To enhance the discussion with center in charges and frontline practitioners, the Council had organized sharing session in 5 districts. Over 500 enrollments were received. Common concerns included: (1) replacing the outdated membership system, (2) having the service intervention for children below 6 years old and youth above 24 years old; and (3) recognizing “parents” as one of the service targets. The Council would compile the concerns into a paper in June. SWD would pay the visits to some ICYSC in July and meet with some service users as well.


2.3         Youth suicide

In response to the captioned issue, the Education Bureau formed the Committee on Prevention of Student Suicides and 5 related working groups to focus the discussion on strategies for preventing student suicides in different areas. 防止學生自殺民間聯席 had formulated an alternative report on the captioned issue and a press conference cum conference was held on 14 May 2016. The Alliance would send the meeting invitation to EDB to discuss about suggestions made in the alternative report on 24 May. Besides, a sharing forum would be held on 14 June 2016.


3          For discussion

3.1         2016 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting (WAPS) Exercise

Due to the availability of Secretary for Social Welfare and the venue, the annual meeting of the captioned exercise would be rescheduled to the morning on 20 July 2016. Ms Crystal Cheng and respective COs highlighted the key suggestions. The wish list and the summary report of major welfare needs / concerns identified in 2016 District Welfare Planning Forums were shared.

3.2         Strengthen the Inspection and Monitoring of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly and Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities

There was a motion to combine the license offices of elderly and rehabilitation residential services and the new team would be responsible for the quality assurance of the elderly and rehabilitation residential services. Discussion was made in the Welfare Panel meeting on 9 May. Some legislative councilors had already addressed their hesitation of the functions and effectiveness of the new team. Members agreed with the aim of enhancing the service quality but believed that increasing the numbers of inspection would only increase the workload of the service providers instead of quality enhancement. Members suggested that the standard of licensing should be advanced and key performance indicators should be set for the new team to illustrate the effectiveness of the team. 


4          For Information

4.1         Progress report

The progress of each team was illustrated in the report.  Ms Crystal Cheng highlighted the follow up of 2015 Best Practice Awards. The organizing committee appreciated with the whole process of the Awards and had raised some recommendations, including having more collaboration with media, lining up the Awards with international platforms to enhance the exposure of local NGOs, etc.

Ms Grace Chan highlighted the item of Pilot Scheme on Residential Care Service Voucher (RCSV) for the Elderly. Ms Chan restated that the Council and the sector concerned on the service quality instead of rejecting the private operators entering the market. Members suggested implementing the RCSV by phases, for example, only self-financing and non-profit making units would be allowed to provide the service.

Mr Moses Mui reported the progress of Happy Family Kitchen Movement Project funded by Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. A total of 11 district events were conducted in the territory with support of Social Welfare Department and local NGO service units. A booklet was published. Evaluation of the project would be conducted in June. Mr Mui reflected that engagement of district officers of SWD definitely helped facilitating the work in districts.

Regarding to the CD Service, Mr Moses Mui updated the recent conflict between Home Affairs Bureau and operators of CD service. According to the previous practice, the resources released from terminated Neighbourhood Level Community Development Project (NLCDPs) would be redeployed to finance other community development projects to accommodate the community needs. However, HAB thought that there was no need to discuss the resource reallocation every year and suggested putting those resources to the services for ethnic minorities and new arrival. The operators of CD service had already raised the objection to such arrangement, even they could use 30% of the resources for other CD projects. HAB noted the disagreement of the operators, but they still sent out the invitation for bidding the resources. Members suggested that the Council should restate the principle of the resources redeployment and discuss with the operators for the follow up action.


5          Any other business



6          Date of next meeting and proposed meeting schedule for 2016



Date & Time



19 July 2016

at 2:30pm


20 September 2016 at 2:30pm

Change to 22 September 2016 at 9am