|Highlights of the Year 2020-21 - Child Welfare Services
|ADDITIONAL PLACES OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICES
To enhance support for families in need, SWD provided 9 additional girls’ home places in October 2020 through in-situ expansion.
|IMPROVING THE ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE SERVICE
To address the present-day need of children and youth, SWD has implemented the environment improvement programme (EIP) for small group homes since 2019-20. As at March 2021, allocations from Lotteries Fund have been approved for the EIP of 27 small group homes and 7 of them have completed the renovation works. Moreover, to facilitate smooth implementation of the EIP, SWD has provided financial support to 5 participating small group home operators which had applied for rental subsidy so as to meet the rental expenses in securing suitable temporary accommodation for children during the renovation period.
|AGENCY-BASED ENHANCEMENT OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR CHILDREN UNDER FOSTER CARE
To support children and youth with special learning needs/emotional and behavioural problems receiving foster care service, SWD has taken forward “Agency-based Enhancement of Clinical Psychological Support Services for Children under Foster Care” since October 2020 so that they can receive related services and support while waiting for long-term clinical psychological service. The services provided include case assessments, clinical consultations/treatments, and training for foster care workers and foster parents. The annual provision involved is about $3.7 million.
|ADDITIONAL PLACES OF DAY CHILD CARE SERVICES
SWD set up a new aided standalone child care centre (CCC) in Sha Tin in March 2021, providing 105 long full-day child care service places for children aged below 3.