A Welcome Message from the Director of Social Welfare
Welcome to the Homepage of the Social Welfare Department.
Hong Kong is a caring society. The Social Welfare Department has all along been upholding a 'people-oriented' approach, striving to provide members of the public with a wide range of welfare services, including social security, services for the elderly, rehabilitation and medical social services, family and child welfare services as well as services for young people.
Our welfare services cover a range of preventive, nurturing, supportive and remedial measures. We seek to allocate resources to the most needy to meet their basic needs and help them move from welfare to self-reliance.
Currently, the expenditure on social welfare accounts for some 19% of the total recurrent Government expenditure. This comes second among all policy areas, showing the great importance attached by the Government to welfare services.
On top of the commitment of the Government, we also need territory-wide participation and support. In the face of the increasingly complex social problems, I sincerely hope that the public at large, the welfare sector and the business community will continue to forge partnership with the Government in building up a caring society.
Director of Social Welfare