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Agenda and Minutes -
The 5 Meeting 15/16

Date: 2016/07/19
Time: 14:30
Location: 1410, 14/F, Duke of Windsor Social Service Bldg


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


2           Matters arising

2.1          Manpower shortage

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


3           For discussion

3.1          2016 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting (WAPS) Exercise (Appendix 2)

3.2          LegCo Election and HKSAR CE Election(Appendix 3)

4           For Information

4.1          Jockey Club Child-focused Co-parenting Project

4.2          Annual Submission (Appendix 4)

4.3          Progress report (Appendix 5)


5           Any other business


6           Date of next meeting

22 September 2016 at 9am


Minutes of the 5th meeting held on 19 July 2016 at 2:30pm in Room 1410 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


Mrs Queenie Wong

Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong Kong


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)


Dr Lam Ching Choi

Haven of Hope Christian Service/ Co-opted Member


Mrs Angela Chiu

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


Mr Ng Ting Shan

Heung Hoi Ching Kok Lin Association

/ Rep of SC (ELD)


Ms Crystal Cheng






Mr Moses Mui (CO, FC)



Mr Kuo Chun Chuen (CO, Rehab)



Ms Franki Wong (Recorder)






Mr Chan Wing Kai

The Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China


Mr Cooke Cheung

St James' Settlement


Dr Ernest Chui

Life Members


Ms Karen Yiu (CO, CY)



Ms Grace Chan (CO, Elderly)



1          Confirmation of minutes of the last meeting

Minutes were confirmed without any amendment.



2          Matters arising

2.1         Manpower shortage

Ms Crystal Cheng highlighted some recommendations of the Strategic Review listed in the manpower report prepared by FHB, such as:

(1)   Increasing the number of UGC funded training places;

(2)   Diversifying the higher education institutions to provide healthcare related training programmes;

(3)   Setting up a mechanism of triennial manpower projection; and

(4)   Requesting for mandatory continuing professional education

Members suggested that the concerned committee should conduct a study to investigate the percentage of the therapists leaving Hong Kong. Regarding to the MOT/MPT programme supported by SWD, Ms Cheng reported that there would be a tripartite platform with the involvement of SWD, Poly U and the Council to review the programme. Members also suggested having a survey on the turnover rate of graduates of MOT/MPT programmes.


2.2         Strengthen the Inspection and Monitoring of Residential Care Homes for the Elderly and Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities (* revised)

The motion of creating a supernumerary post of Assistant Director of Social Welfare to strengthen the inspection and monitoring of residential care homes for the elderly and persons with disabilities was brought up to Finance Committee of LegCo. However, due to the filibuster, the discussion could not be conducted in this year term. The NGOs of elderly service restated that they were not against the proposal on having a new team for the quality assurance, but only increasing the number of site inspection would not help with the quality enhancement. They believed that the existing standard of licensing was too low that some private homes could fulfill the basic requirement very easily. Thus the sector requested for the review on the licensing scheme, especially the Residential Care Homes (Elderly Persons) Ordinance.  


3          For discussion

3.1         2016 Welfare Agenda and Priorities Setting (WAPS) Exercise

The WAPS annual meeting would be held on 20 July 2016. Over 400 enrollments were received, including 88 representatives from Labour and Welfare Bureau and Social Welfare Department, and 14 guests from advisory committees. Mr Matthew Cheung would deliver a speech followed up by a Q&A session.  Mrs Helina Yuk would raise the concerns on manpower shortage.


Due to the tight schedule, the WAPS submission paper would be sent to SWD in late July. Draft paper was shared with members for comment. The paper would be further furnished with the ideas collected in coming WAPS annual meeting.


3.2         LegCo Election and HKSAR CE Election

The Council would organize an election forum of LegCo in the morning on 6 August. Candidates of welfare sectors would share their manifesto in the forum. Members and their colleagues were welcomed to join the forum. Ms Crystal Cheng highlighted the proposed manifesto items for the candidates. Detailed list was shared for members’ comment and the paper would be further elaborated. Members suggested to state our expectation on social development at the beginning of the paper instead of listing 10 requests directly. Members could send their comments or other suggested welfare agenda to Ms Crystal Cheng by 21 July.


4          For Information

4.1         Jockey Club Child-focused Co-parenting Project

In response to the law reform on the co-parenting, the Council launched the captioned project to raise the public awareness of the needs of divorced families from child-focused perspective, and to enhance the sector’s capacity in promoting child-focused community education in district level. Territory-wide publicity would be conducted, including thematic Micro-film and premiere, story book on divorced families and roving exhibitions. District-based community education and wisdom sharing among the sector would be conducted as well. Members reminded that the publicity should be accessible for disables, for example having subtitles or sign language interpretation.


Members reflected the worries on the lack of supportive services for the law reform of co-parenting. Mr Moses Mui explained that this project would mainly focus on the public education and had submitted a proposal to the Lotteries Fund to have another pilot project of setting up a designated team to support the divorced families. The proposal would be mentioned again in the submission of WAPS as well.


4.2         Annual Submission

Drafted summary of annual submission was shared with members for information.


4.3         Progress report

The progress of each team was illustrated in the report. Ms Crystal Cheng highlighted item#2 Review Committee on Mental Health. The review report on dementia had been submitted, while the Expert Group on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services was going to finalize its drafted report. A list of recommendations would be listed in the report. It was suggested to have two pilot projects. One would be for enhancing dementia support services in the community and another one would provide school-based support to students with mental health. An advisory committee would be formed to follow up the recommendations and service enhancement measures proposed in the review report, but details were to be confirmed.


Ms Cheng also highlighted item #11 Pilot Schemes on Residential Care Service Voucher (RCSV) for the Elderly. Elderly Commission had received the full report from the consultation team on 6 July. The Government had confirmed to launch the Residential Care Service Voucher.


Mr Raymond Lai updated about item #3 Review exercise on Integrated Children and Youth Services Center (ICYSC). The Council had organized sharing sessions in 5 districts to collect views from the centre-in-charges and frontline workers. Besides, discussion in Agency Heads Meeting was conducted. The review exercise would be finished by March 2017.  SWD would pay a visit to some ICYSC in August and September 2016. The Council would form a task group to propose the changes on the ICYSC and communicate with SWD.


Regarding to item# 8 Follow up of Legal Reform Consultation on Children Proceedings (Parental Responsibility) Bill, a written recommendation on setting up Maintenance Board will be submitted through the annual submission to HKSAR Chief Executive 2016. Besides, the Council would conduct a study on poverty of the divorced families.


Mr Moses Mui mentioned another publication consultation on a proposed arrangement with the Mainland on reciprocal recognition and enforcement of judgments on matrimonial and related matters. The consultation would be ended on 15 August. After communication with Department of Justice, the deadline would be extended to end August. In response to the consultation, the Council would organize a seminar on 5 August. Mr Dennis Ho, Chairman of the Family Law Committee of the Law Society, and representative from International Social Service were invited to be the speakers.


Mr Kuo Chun Chuen reported that the 2nd batch of certificate course of sign language was launched. Level 3 of the quality framework was recognized and the certificate course had already been covered in the Continuing Education Fund. 10 applications were received, while 7 of them attained the admission qualification. On the other hand, co-operated with Rehabilitation Advisory Committee, a list of sign language interpreter was uploaded to the web of the Council on 30 June. Sign language interpreters with 200-hour experience in past 2 years could be listed on the web. Information of 51 interpreters had been uploaded to the web already.


The Council would organize a seminar on International Classification of Functioning (ICF) on 1 September 2016. A professor from Beijing was invited to be one of the speakers.


5          Any other business

5.1         Jockey Club Community Project Grant(CPG)

Members alerted that there was a change in the application for the Community Project Grant (CPG). Jockey Club would organize 4 sessions of briefing sessions on the change of the funding application in early August. However, only some of the NGOs were invited to join the briefing session, and some agencies received invitation for separate meeting in July.


6          Date of next meeting and proposed meeting schedule for 2016

22 September 2016 at 9am