Social Welfare Department
|Formed||1 January 1958|
|Headquarters||Wu Chung House|
No. 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai
|Annual budget||HK$58,349.2 million (2015-16 estimate)|
The department provides services to families and children, the elderly, recovering criminal offenders, drug abusers, street sleepers, persons with disabilities, the mentally ill, and the community at large. It administers social security schemes, including the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance, which forms a large portion of its annual expenses. The department operates community and social centres, and also once operated libraries.
The Social Welfare Office was renamed Social Welfare Department from 1 January 1958. At the same time, the position of Social Welfare Officer was renamed Director of Social Welfare.
In 1986 the department was criticised for a heavy-handed approach to a child protection case.
- "Social Welfare Services in Figures" (PDF). Social Welfare Department. p. 2014.
- "2015 - 16 Estimates of Expenditure under Social Welfare Department" (PDF). Social Welfare Department.
- "Social Welfare Department". South China Morning Post. 28 December 1957. p. 8.