Service Quality Standards (SQSs) define the level of which, in terms of management and service provision, service units are expected to attain. The SQSs are developed according to four principles which set out the core values of welfare services. These four principles are:
- to clearly define the purposes and objectives of the service and make its mode of delivery transparent to the public;
- to manage resources effectively with flexibility, innovation and continuous quality improvement;
- to identify and respond to specific service users’ needs; and
- to respect the rights of service users.
There are 16 SQSs, each of which is elaborated by a set of Criteria and Assessment Indicators. They are generic descriptions of the basic requirements so as to enable service operators to have appropriate methods tailor-made for a certain service type or a particular service unit in meeting the SQS requirements.