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APSS and PPAC Co-organised a Seminar on the "Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Bill” with S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home Limited

1 Feb 2024


Speakers of the seminar. (From left to right) Hon. TANG Ka Piu, BBS, JP; Hon. KONG Yuk Foon Doreen; Prof. Eric CHUI

Sharing session. (From left to right) Prof. Eric CHUI; Hon. TANG Ka Piu, BBS, JP; Ms. Silvia MAK; Hon. KONG Yuk Foon Doreen

The Revd Canon Peter KOON Ho Ming Peter Douglas, BBS, JP, (left) presented a souvenir to Prof. Eric CHUI (right) as a token of thanks for supporting the seminar.

On 29 January 2024, S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home Limited, in collaboration with PolyU’s Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS) and Professional Practice and Assessment Centre (PPAC), organised a seminar focused on the "Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse Bill" (the bill). The seminar aimed to discuss the legislative progress of the bill and facilitate dialogue between different perspectives regarding concerns from various sectors.


The seminar commenced with a welcoming speech by The Revd Canon Peter KOON Ho Ming Peter Douglas, BBS, JP, the Chairman of S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home Limited. Hon. TANG Ka Piu, BBS, JP, Legislative Council member and Bills Committee Chairman, shared insights into the progress of the bill and highlighted opinions and concerns from different sectors.  Hon. KONG Yuk Foon Doreen, lawyer and Legislative Council member, compared the bill in Hong Kong with similar legislation in other countries. This discussion shed light on international practices and provided a global perspective on child protection.


Prof. Eric CHUI, Head of APSS and Co-Director of PReCIT, presented the last topic about "Professional Training for Child Protection in Hong Kong: Current Status and Future Needs". This presentation delved into the existing professional training and education in PolyU APSS and addressed future requirements for enhancing child protection efforts.


The sharing sessions were moderated by Ms. Silvia MAK, Chief Executive of S.K.H. St. Christopher's Home Limited. Participants from various sectors such as social welfare, education, and medical and healthcare were invited to share their views on the proposed bill that may affect their day-to-day practice. They discussed the practical challenges and necessary support systems required in their respective fields to effectively address child abuse issues.

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