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Agenda and Minutes -
The 6 Meeting 2015-16

Date: September 7, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 2:30 pm
Location: Room 1410, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building

Agenda:

1. Confirmation of Minutes of Last Meeting –July 6, 2016

(emailedon July 26, 2016)

2. Matters Arising

2.1 Welfare Agenda & Priorities Setting 2016 (paper 1)

2.2 LegCo Election and HKSAR CE Election (paper 2)

2.3 Support Measures for Proposed Legislation (Parental Responsibility) (paper 3)

Consultation on the Proposed Arrangement with the Mainland on Reciprocal Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments on Matrimonial and Related Matters (paper 4)

3. For Discussion

3.1 Study on Family Impact Assessment (commissioned by Family Council)

(DrCK Law will share his research findings and seek comment from Specialized Committee members)

4. For Information

4.1 Survey on Hong Kong Ethnic Minority’s Voting Behavior and Most Concerned 4.2 Issues (released on August 23, paper 5)

4.3 Best Practice Awards 2017

5. Networks’ Progress Update (Paper 6)

6. Any Other Business

7. Date of next meeting



Minutes:

THE HONG KONGCOUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE

Service Development (Family & Community)

Specialized Committee on Family and Community Service

 

Minutes of the 6th Meeting of the Specialized Committee on Family and Community Service (2014-15) held on September 17, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:30 pm in Room 1410, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building, 15 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

 

Present

 

Mrs Helina YUK (Chairperson)                   Hong Kong SKH Lady MacLehose Centre

Ms Tammy SO (Vice-chairperson)             Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association

Ms Iris LIU (Vice-chairperson)                    International Social Service Hong Kong Branch

Ms Eva WONG                                           Caritas – Hong Kong

Ms Cross LI                                                 Hong Kong Christian Service

Ms Anita LAM                                              The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups

Mr SIN Leung-kai                                        The Salvation Army

Ms FU Suk-yin                                            Boys’ & Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong

Ms Carol LEE                                              Christian Action

Mrs Angela CHIU                                        Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council

Ms KEUNG Choi-yin                                   Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council

Mr SHUM Wai-chuen                                  SKH Holy Carpenter Church Community Centre

Ms Wendy HON                                          Hong Kong Christian Service

Ms Agnes NG                                              -

Mr Daniel Ma                                               Yan Oi Tong

Ms Crystal CHENG                                    The Hong Kong Council of Social 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 Noel CHOW (Recorder)                       The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

 

Apologies

 

Ms Esther MOK                                          Haven of Hope Christian Service

Ms Margaret WONG                                   Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

Ms Sally PANG                                           Christian Family Service Centre

Ms Judy CHAN                                           Hong Kong Family Welfare Society

Dr LAU Yuk-king                                         The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr FU Tsun-hung                                        -

 

1.      Confirmation of Minutes of Last Meeting

The draft minutes of the meeting held on July 16, 2015 was circulated by email on August 11, 2015 and was confirmed with nil amendment.


2.      Matters Arising

       2.1    Annual Submission for HKSAR Chief Executive

The recommendations related to Family and Community Service extracted from 《香港社會服務聯會向香港特別行政區行政長官提交之周年建議書》has been sent to members for reference as (paper 1).  Namely,

i)        建立社區網絡能力、支援發展新社區;  and

ii)       加強在職家長支援、紓緩家庭生活壓力.

Mr Moses Mui reported that the Annual Submission for HKSAR Chief Executive had been sent to the Government in July 2015.

 

       2.2    Microfilm on Family Harmony

Mr Moses Mui reported that to create bigger impact in making use of the microfilms《我的女兒》, 《爺爺2.0》 and 《以前以後》planned by Wise-giving Team of the Council, email messages with reply slip had been sent out to collect proposed reflection questions from the sector in July 23, 2015.  Many suggested questions were received and passed to Wise-giving Team for finalization of public-viewing version.

 

Members also showed concern if SWD had any updated promotional material for Family Life Education service.  The issue will be brought up for further discussion in the Network on IFSCs.

 

       2.3    Advocacy on Co-parenting

(Paper 2a): "Service Recommendation Regarding Implementation of Parental Responsibility Model" had been sent to members for information.

 

Members were noted that the meeting with Mr Dennis Ho, representative of the Law Society of Hong Kong was arranged on August 14, 2015 to exchange views of NGOs on the advocacy on co-parenting.  Besides, representatives from SWD and Mr Dennis Ho were also invited as guest speakers in the Report-back Seminar on Study Visit on Supporting Divorced Family in United Kingdom on September 9, 2015.  The SWD’s experience in running psycho-educational programs were shared in the seminar.

 

Mr Moses Mui reported that the Working Group on the Follow-up Actions relating to the Law Reform Commission Report on Child Custody and Access Social Welfare Advisory Committee (SWAC) would have its next meeting on September 29, 2015.

 

Mrs Helina Yuk informed the members that the organizer had no further offer other than the charity's registration fee (HK$1,200:  half of regular registration fee) to NGOs participants.  Members were encouraged to register as soon as they could since because the quota for this offer was limited.

 

3.    For Discussion

       3.1    Survey on Child Contact in Divorced Family

The draft《離婚家庭探視子女情況調查工作大綱及問卷調查》(paper 2b & 2c) has been sent to members for information.

 

After Mr Moses Mui briefed the framework of the survey, members suggested to invite SWD IFSCs to participate the survey and commented to add the followings to the survey:

i)      impact to the child;

ii)     conflict reason;  and

iii)    child problem.

 

The concerned working group will further revise the questionnaire based on the above comments.  It was expected to collect 10 completed questionnaires from each service units (i.e. IFSC or other units).

 

Children Contact Service

Mr Moses Mui also shared the information on the "Children Contact Service" proposed by SWD.  He highlighted the scope of service were:

i)      supervised child visitation;

ii)     supervised exchange;  and

iii)    public education.

 

Moreover, the objectives, target users, source of referral as well as mode of operation were described.

 

Members opined that the "Children Contact Service" proposed by SWD as follows:

i)     insufficient scope of service;

ii)    provision of guideline for manpower, security, output, service mode, etc.;

iii)    no child-focused intervention;

iv)   no parenting co-ordination;

v)    no research study; and

vi)   lack of commitment to fill the service gap raised by the implementation of Parental Responsibility Model.

 

Members were noted that the proposed service would be further discussed in next meeting of the Working Group under SWAC on September 24, 2015.

 

Members reiterated that the Council’s proposal on support service would be a more comprehensive model which should be pursued with SWD.

 

3.2   Evaluation on Welfare Agenda & Priority Setting (WAPS)

Mr Moses Mui briefed members on the recent practice of WAPS.  Members were noted that there was recent discussion between Council’s Standing Committee and SWD on review of the WAPS exercise. Initial suggested improvements were highlighted as below:

i)     the WAPS exercise could start earlier right after the policy address (i.e. around February or March);

 

ii)     more interactive communication between SWD and the sector is expected, for instance SWD could share their thoughts on Council’s recommendations with the view to reach consensus;

iii)    program of the annual forum should be streamlined, e.g. removing report-bask session, using short video to highlight foci at the start; and

iv)   alignment of service combination (i.e. family & community and children & youth) could be further deliberated.

 

However, there was technical issue to be solved for service alignment.  The Committee agreed the Council could consider to change "Family and Children" as a discussion group instead of "Family and Community" in the long run.

 

4.    For Information

4.1    Best Practice Awards in Social Welfare

Ms Keung Choi-yin and Ms Crystal Cheng reported that there were over 80 nominations received.  After adjudication procedure, awards had been recommended for various agencies.  The result would be announced after endorsement in next Council's Executive Committee meeting and the recognition ceremony would be held in November 12, 2015 with Council's Annual General Meeting.

 

5.    Progress Update

The Progress Report (August to September 2015) of the Family and Community Service, Service Development (paper 3) has been sent to members for information.

 

The Report included the following items:

i)     Report-back Seminar on Study Visit on Supporting Divorced Family in United Kingdom;

ii)     Workshop on Helping Ethnic Minority (EM) Parents to Understand Education System;

iii)    Meeting with Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC);

iv)   Happy Family Kitchen Movement.

 

Mr Daniel Ma highlighted the two events of Network on Ethnic Minorities Service while Ms Lynn Law informed members there would be a public hearing on insufficient ethnic minorities service at Legislative Council on October 6, 2015.  Moreover, the research report on police handling ethnic minorities domestic violence cases found that sensitivity training and interpretation service should be enhanced.

 

6.    Any Other Business

6.1     The Labour and Welfare Bureau gender mainstreaming checklist would be circulated to members for feedback to LWB.

 

6.2     Focus groups would be organized to collect views on the distribution of fund from Commission on Poverty.  Groups being considered were ethnic minorities, disabled, special education needs, single parents, new arrivals, etc.

 

6.3     A leaflet introducing the booklet 《家外有家-兒童故事系列》from Hong Kong Christian Service was circulated for members' reference.

 

6.4     The latest three issues of "CIFA-Net", newsletter of Consortium of Institutes on Family in the Asia Region was tabled for members' retention.

 

6.5     Thank you cards were distributed to members who finished their 2-year term of service for their unfailing support.

 

7.    Date of Next Meeting

As the Council AGM would be held on November 12, 2015 (Thursday), the next meeting was suggested to be held either on November 25, 2015 (Wednesday) or November 26, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:30 pm.

(Post-meeting note:  the next meeting would be held on November 26, 2015 (Thursday) at 2:30 pm in Room 203, Duke of Windsor Social Service Building.)

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:25 pm.

 

 

Adopted by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chairperson

 

on the ________ day of __________ 2015

 


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