Place of Refuge for Children in Hong Kong

Place of Refuge for Children in Hong Kong

Foster care and residential child care services (RCCS) for child victims of domestic violence

RCCS includes foster care service, small group homes and residential homes for children. Child victims may be admitted to emergency as well as long-term placements of RCCS.

The number of child abuse or suspected child abuse victims admitted to RCCS in the past 5 years is as follows:

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Number of child victims admitted to emergency placement of RCCS 165  152  160 116  117
Number of child victims admitted to long-term placement of RCCS  158 197 243 198 156

 

The average waiting time for child victims’ admission to long-term placement of RCCS in the past 5 years was as follows:

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Average waiting time for admission (months) 3.7 2.6  2.6 2.5 2.7

Social Welfare Department: “If a child has urgent need, the social worker responsible for case referral can arrange emergency placement of residential care services for him/her on the same day or in a few days on the merits of individual cases.

Place of Refuge for Children with Disabilities

Place of Refuge Target users Quota
Po Leung Kuk New Comers’ Ward Children with disabilities aged under 8 95
Po Leung Kuk Wing Lung Bank Golden Jubilee Sheltered Workshop and Hostel Children with disabilities aged from 8 to under 18 (or under 21 for disabled wards of the Director of Social Welfare) 104

Residential Care Service for Children

Foster Care Small Group Homes Institutional Care Total
No. of places (as at Feb 2015) 1 070 864 1 708 3 642

No. of children in care (male/female)

– as at Dec 2013

– as at Dec 2014

– as at Feb 2015

 

487/432

494/438

487/441

 

426/362

433/359

434/369

 

889/600

890/574

899/570

 

1 802/1 394

1 817/1 371

1 820/1 380

No. of applicants on the waiting list

– 2013-14 (monthly average)

– as at Feb 2015

19

7

381

366

242

216

642

589

Average waiting time for admission in 2013-14 (months) 1.8 3.7 1.8 2.2

Respite Service

Through designated places or casual vacancies at the residential care homes for persons with disabilities (RCHDs), the Social Welfare Department (SWD) provides short-term residential respite service for persons with disabilities aged 6 or above. At present, there are 90 RCHDs operating respite service in Hong Kong.

More detailed information: http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_2respites/

 

The numbers of admissions for residential respite service in the past 5 years are as follows:

Number of admissions for residential respite service
2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
2 324 2 957 2 848 2 883 2 491

Note: A service user may have multiple admissions for residential respite service within the same year.

 

 

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