Highlights of the Year 2021-22
SERVICES FOR YOUTH AT RISK
To assist frontline workers in handling increasingly complicated and diverse youth problems, starting from October 2021, SWD has strengthened the supervisory support for 19 Youth Outreaching Social Work Teams with 12 additional Social Work Officers. It has also increased the number of supervisory personnel in five Community Support Service Scheme teams with the addition of five Social Work Officers since October 2021. Besides, SWD has increased the number of supporting personnel in five Cyber Youth Support Teams by adding one Assistant Clerical Officer to each team to assist social workers in administrative duties and implementing activities.
SECONDARY SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICE
Starting from the 2021-22 school year, SWD has increased the number of supporting personnel for school social work services at 463 secondary schools with 58 additional Assistant Clerical Officers and 29 additional Clerical Assistants, thus enabling school social workers to provide more in-depth professional services for students in need.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT FUND
The Government established the Child Development Fund (CDF) in 2008 to draw on the resources of families, the private sector, the community and the Government to promote the longer-term development of disadvantaged children aged between 10 and 16 or studying Primary Four to Secondary Four. CDF funds projects operated by NGOs and schools across the territory by batches. As at March 2022, 169 projects in eight batches operated by NGOs, and 88 school-based projects in eight batches operated by schools have been rolled out, benefitting more than 22 000 children.