Issue 47 (4/2021)
Table of Contents
The purpose of publishing the "Code of Practice" and "Guidelines on Code of Practice" by the Board is to provide guidelines for the professional ethics of social workers, protect the well-being and interests of service users and the public, and at the same time strengthen the public's trust and confidence towards the social work profession. In order to accommodate the changes in the social work field, the social environment and the expectations towards social workers, the Board has initiated a revision exercise in recent years, and set up a "Task Force on Revision of Code of Practice" under the "Committee on Professional Conduct" to review the above two documents, and to recommend a revised version. The Board has also conducted a public consultation from July to December last year to collect opinions from the field and service users.
During the consultation period, the Board collected a total of 110 written opinions. In addition, 76 persons participated in a total of 5 online consultation sessions, in which many valuable opinions were collected.
The opinions collected can be summarized as the following major opinions:
- Objection or hesitation to agree to the merging of the "Code of Practice" and the "Guidelines on Code of Practice"
- Needs to consider carefully towards the suggestion of expanding the definition of service user to include people who “has engaged to receive social work service”
- The wording of "moral and political values" may cause misunderstandings or doubts
- concerns about the proposed amendments related to the part of professional development
The Board is actively considering the opinions from all parties and expects to conduct the second round consultation between mid-May and the end of August this year. In addition to collecting written opinions and holding online consultation sessions, we will resume physical consultation sessions for having more direct communications with colleagues if public health conditions allow.
One of the important functions of the Board is to set and review the qualification standards for registration as registered social workers. Therefore, the "Committee on Qualification Assessment and Registration" is delegated to review the principles and criteria for recognizing social work qualifications. After a detailed review and two rounds of consultation, the Board has just completed the revision of the "Principles, Criteria and Standards for Recognising Qualifications in Social Work". The latest version was officially announced on 15 April this year, with the effective date set at 1 September 2022. You may download it on the Board's website.
At present, the social work qualifications recognized by the Board for registration must undergo qualification recognition assessment by an independent assessment team. The term of the previous assessment panel expired in January of this year. After public nomination and consideration, the Board has appointed a new term of office until the end of August 2024. The list of members has been uploaded on our website.
To cope with the trend of using mobile devices to access the Internet, the Board has recently updated the interface of the online registration system, so that the font size and interface layout can be automatically adapted to devices with different screen sizes. Colleagues can now use different devices at anytime and anywhere to submit renewal application and update their personal information.
2. Update of Rules in respect of Pre-hearing Procedures for Disciplinary Proceedings and Rules in respect of Disciplinary Proceedings
In order to perform its statutory functions more effectively on handling disciplinary offenses of RSWs, the Board has updated the above-mentioned rules at the beginning of this year. For details, please refer to the relevant webpage.
3. Qualification Recognition Review
The following are the social work qualifications that are undergoing recognition review in the 2020/2021 academic year:
- Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education: Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
- Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Sha Tin) of the Vocational Training Council: Higher Diploma in Social Work
- Hong Kong Shue Yan University: Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)
- Caritas Institute of Higher Education: Higher Diploma in Social Work
- Hong Kong Baptist University: Master of Social Sciences in Social Work
4. Promotion Work
- University of Hong Kong（Year 1）： 130
- UOW College Hong Kong （Year 1）： 50
- Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education （Year 1）： 35
- HKCT Institute of Higher Education （Year 1）： 32
- Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Sha Tin) of the Vocational Training Council （Year 1）： 75
- Hong Kong Baptist University （Year 1／Final Year）： 110
- Hong Kong Community College of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University （Year 1）： 80
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University （Year 1／Final Year）： 80
- Gratia Christian College （Final Year）： 15
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong （Final Year）： 65
- Total Participants：672
- Fixed Penalty (Traffic Contraventions) Ordinance(Cap. 237)
- the Fixed Penalty (Criminal Proceedings) Ordinance (Cap. 240)
- the Fixed Penalty (Public Cleanliness Offences) Ordinance (Cap. 570)
- the Fixed Penalty (Smoking Offences) Ordinance (Cap. 600)
- the Motor Vehicle Idling (Fixed Penalty) Ordinance (Cap. 611)
Total Number of RSWs：25,651
Qualification for Registration
Recognized bachelor degree or above：17,162 (66.9%)
Recognized diploma：8,414 (32.97%)
- family law cannot truly comfort divorce parties especially children who are the prime victims;
- aboriginal forest wood cutters arrested when they cut wood after the government sold the forest to wealthy migrants (vs aboriginal) ;
- grand-parents arrested for leaving the grand-children alone to buy household food, as the kids parents had to work for a living.
- General Practitioners whose parents or children in sickness, should they treat them (when other resources are available)?
- Pastors and Ministers, may they do counselling on their brothers and sisters who they know for considerable long time and in same community, as they seek specific Pastor and Minister help?
- In remote place, in small community, especially when professionals tend to seek country life in small community and remote place, may they do counselling when the need emerges?