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17/3/2014
e-News of Working Group on Professional Development
13/3/2014
Concise Report on Survey on Agencies on CPD and Guidelines on Supvsied Practice
13/12/2013
Responses to the adjustment of Renewal Fee for Registration
19/11/2013
Work Report and Audited Accounts
15/11/2013
Amendments to the Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers and the Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers
1/11/2013
Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers (VCPD Scheme): Implementation of New Computing System for Calculation of CPD Points
28/10/2013
1) Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Social Workers Registration Board and Forum on Social Workers Registration System in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong 2) Meeting with RSWs
21/10/2013
Paying Renewal Fees at 7-Eleven Convenience Stores
3/9/2013
Latest proposed amendments to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance
1/8/2013
Nomination of Registered Social Workers to the Social Work Qualification Assessment Panel
31/5/2013
Appointment of Disciplinary Committee Panel Members Nomination of Candidates for the Board’s Consideration
30/5/2013
Sharing session
15/5/2013
Sharing session
7/5/2013
Invitation for nomination of candidates for appointment as (i) Co-opted Members of the Committee on Professional Conduct and (ii) Co-opted Members of the Working Group on Professional Development of the Social Workers Registration Board
9/4/2013
Sharing session
5/3/2013
Sharing session
31/1/2013
Easy Guide to Social Workers Registration Ordinance
15/12/2012
Result of Election of Social Workers Registration Board Members
30/11/2012
Work Report and Audited Accounts
23/11/2012
Election of Members of the Social Workers Registration Board
5/11/2012
Annual Meeting with Registered Social Workers
17/9/2012
Sharing session
6/9/2012
Election of Members of the Social Workers Registration Board (“the Election”)
1/8/2012
Extension of Consultation Period for Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance
5/6/2012
Briefing session on VCPD Scheme
20/4/2012
Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Social Workers Registration Ordinance (Chapter 505)
7/12/2011
有關二零一一年選舉委員會社會福利界界分組選舉
23/11/2011
Annual Meeting with Registered Social Workers
23/11/2011
Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers
19/7/2011
招標通告
20/5/2011
(1) Launch of Online Registration System
(2) Implementation of Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers and Launch of Online Continuing Professional Development System
22/3/2011
Social Worker Denied Entry to Macau
15/1/2010
Publication of Amended Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers and Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers and Publication of Casebook of Disciplinary Inquiries
11/2/2004
Renewal on Web
24/8/2001
Statement of the Advisory Committee On Social Work Training and Manpower Planning On Continuing Professional Development of Social Workers
11/8/2000
Policies and Procedures for handling complaints against / opinions on Social Workers Registration Board
3/4/2000
Extracted Reply to RSW's Enquiries
20/12/1999
The Court's judgement
1/1/1998
測試

17/3/2014
e-News of Working Group on Professional Development

The Working Group on Professional Development will issue E-News to RSWs by email and on the Board’s website on a regular basis.  The first issue of the E-News has been published.  You are welcome to browse the website at http://www.swrb.org.hk/engasp/enews.asp for details


13/3/2014
Concise Report on Survey on Agencies on CPD and Guidelines on Supvsied Practice

The Concise Report on Survey on Agencies on CPD and Guidelines on Supvsied Practice has been uploaded.  You are welcomed to download the concise report from the "Research" session (Chinese version only).


13/12/2013
Responses to the adjustment of Renewal Fee for Registration

Please refer to the Chinese Version.


19/11/2013
Work Report and Audited Accounts

The updated work report and Audited Accounts of the Board are as follows:

Work Report

Audited Accounts


15/11/2013
Amendments to the Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers and the Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers

Pursuant to the enactment of the Personal Data (Privacy) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012, the Board has revised paragraph 7 of Part 2 of the Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers (the Code).  The revised paragraph of the Code was gazetted and put into effect on 15 November 2013.  Paragraphs 7.5, 7.6, 12.1 and 12.2 of Part 2 of the Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers (the Guidelines) were also revised correspondingly and put into effect on the same date.  Please refer to http://swrb.org.hk/engasp/cop.asp (the Code) and http://swrb.org.hk/engasp/guidelines.asp (the Guidelines) for details of the amendments.


1/11/2013
Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers (VCPD Scheme): Implementation of New Computing System for Calculation of CPD Points

The Board has started a new computing system for the registered social workers who participate in the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme to calculate their CPD points accumulated in each 3-year period.  As defaulted by the online system, the completion date of the first CPD activity or course of those put in an RSW’s CPD record will be adopted as the start date of the CPD record.  CPD points obtained thereafter and the closing balance will be calculated for each 3-year period.  Nevertheless, RSWs may logon the Online CPD System and change the start date once at their choice, provided that the new start date falls after 10 June 2011 (the date of implementation of the VCPD Scheme).


28/10/2013
1) Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Social Workers Registration Board and Forum on Social Workers Registration System in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong 2) Meeting with RSWs

 

Dear Registered Social Workers,

You are cordially invited to attend the “Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Social Workers Registration Board and Forum on Social Workers Registration System in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong” and the “Meeting with RSWs” to be held on 21 November 2013 (Thursday).

1)      Celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Social Workers Registration Board and Forum on Social Workers Registration System in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong

Social Workers Registration Board (The Board) has been established for 15 years since 1998.  The Board then decided to organize a celebration ceremony to celebrate this memorable year.  The Board is honoured to have Mr. Matthew CHEUNG Kin-chung, GBS, J.P., Secretary for Labour and Welfare; Hon. CHEUNG Kwok-che, President of the Hong Kong Social Workers’ General Union; Ms. LEUNG Pui-yiu, Vice-President of the Hong Kong Social Workers’ Association; and Mr. CHUA Hoi-wai, Chief Executive Designate of the Hong Kong Council of Social Services to officiate the ceremony.  In addition, a Forum on Social Workers Registration System in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will be held after the ceremony.  The Board is honoured to have Mr. CHEN Kui, an official from the China Association of Social Workers; Professor CHENG Li-chen, President of Taiwan Association of Social Workers; and Professor KWAN Yui-huen, Chairperson of the Board to deliver talks on the topic.  A tea reception will also be available for all guests and participants after the forum.

Details of the celebration ceremony and the forum are set out below:

Date:    21 November 2013 (Thursday)
Time:    2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (tea reception will be started at 5 p.m.)
Venue:    Auditorium, Headquarter Building of the Christian Family Services Centre, 3 Tsui Ping Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon

Programme:

2:00 p.m.    Registration
2:30 p.m.    Celebration Ceremony of the 15th Anniversary of the SWRB
2:45 p.m.    Forum on Social Workers Registration System in Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong
5:00 p.m.    Tea reception

2)      Meeting with RSWs

The Meeting with RSWs will be held after the tea reception.  The theme of the Meeting is “Social Work and Social Justice”.  The Board is honoured to have Dr. Hon. Fernando CHEUNG Chiu-hung, Legislative Council Member; Mr. SHIU Ka-chun, Lecturer of Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University; Hon. TANG Ka-piu, Legislative Council Member; and Ms. WONG Wai-fun, Fermi, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Unison to deliver talks on the theme.  The programme of the meeting is shown as follows:

6:00 p.m.    Registration
6:30 p.m.    Work Report by Board Members
7:00 p.m.    Talks on the main theme of “Social Work and Social Justice”

Please reserve your seat with the Board Office by 20 November 2013.  Please also feel free to contact Ms. Mak at 259 1955 for more details.

 
Yours sincerely,
 
Thomas Leung
Registrar
Social Workers Registration Board

21/10/2013
Paying Renewal Fees at 7-Eleven Convenience Stores

With effect from October 2013, the Board will provide one more means for registered social workers (RSWs) to pay renewal fees.  RSWs may make the payments in cash at any 7-Eleven Convenience Store in Hong Kong by presenting the QR code printed on the renewal letter.  Owing to the limitation of the Board’s current webmail system, the QR code cannot be shown on this e-letter yet.  For those who have opted for receiving renewal letters by email but wish to pay renewal fees at a 7-Eleven Convenience Store, please contact the Board office by phone (2591 1955) or by email (info@swrb.orgh.hk) for a customized PDF copy of the renewal letter with a QR code on.  RSWs are also advised to keep the receipt for record.


3/9/2013
Latest proposed amendments to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance

The latest proposed amendments to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance (Cap 505) was submitted to the Secretary for Labour and Welfare on 30 May 2013, and a copy each was forwarded to the Chief Executive and the Chief Secretary for Administration on 30 May 2013.    Please click here for details.


1/8/2013
Nomination of Registered Social Workers to the Social Work Qualification Assessment Panel

Dear Registered Social Worker,

This is an invitation for nomination of RSWs for the Board’s consideration on appointment as member of the captioned Assessment Panel for a term of three years from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2016.

The Social Workers Registration Board is a statutory body established under the Social Workers Registration Ordinance, Cap. 505. One of the main functions of the Board is the registration of registered social workers. To perform this function, the Board is empowered under Section 7(1)(b) of the Ordinance to set and review the qualification standards for registration as a RSW and related matters.

Under the existing “Principles, Criteria & Standards for Recognizing Qualifications in Social Work for Registration of Registered Social Workers” (hereinafter referred as the “Principles and Criteria”), the Board would form an Assessment Team to conduct qualification recognition assessments on new social work courses or qualification recognition reviews on existing social work courses. Details of the arrangements are set out in the document. You are cordially invited to peruse the documents (available in English version only) on the Board’s web-site at http://swrb.org.hk/chiasp/criteria_c.asp. The list of current Assessment Panel Members is also found in the above document.  

The Assessment Team would be formed from the Assessment Panel comprising five categories of panel members, namely, local social work academics, overseas social work academics, registered social workers, representatives of other professional bodies and representatives of employing agencies.

The Assessment Team will carry out the assessment or review exercise in accordance with the Principles and Criteria. Administrative and secretarial support would be provided by the Board Office throughout the whole exercise.

The work of the Assessment Team is a voluntary work. To show the Board’s appreciation of the work of the Assessment Team in the assessment / review exercise, the Board would present a token honorarium to an Assessment Team member.     

The Board now cordially invites RSWs to assist in this matter. Interested RSWs are invited to obtain nominations from two RSWs and send the nomination form to the Board for the Board’s consideration. The criteria for nomination is set out below:

(a) The nominee should be a Category 1 RSW with not less than 10 years social work experience; 
(b) The nominee should possess a master degree in social work or equivalent;
(c) The nominee should obtain nominations from 2 RSWs.

To avoid potential conflict of interest in this matter, RSWs are invited to note the following points:

(a) RSWs occupying full-time teaching post (including teachers or fieldwork supervisors) in institutes offering recognised social work courses should not be nominated. (Institutes have been invited to nominate teaching staff to join the Assessment Panel under separate cover.)
(b) RSWs teaching social work courses (or related courses) including fieldwork courses or taking up posts as fieldwork supervisors on part-time basis at institutes offering recognised social work courses should declare interest when accepting the nomination. 
(c ) RSWs who are members of advisory committees of tertiary institutes offering recognised social work courses should also declare interest when accepting the nomination.

This is a nomination exercise and the Board will consider all nominations received. The Board would make the final decision as to whether to appoint a nominee to the Assessment Panel.      

We cordially hope that you can assist in this matter so that we can take the matter forward smoothly. You are invited to submit nominations to the Board on or before 5 September 2013. Please note that to constitute a valid nomination, the nomination form should be completed by two RSWs nominators.  Please download the nomination form from here.

If you need any further information us, please feel free to contact our Registrar, Mr. Thomas Leung at 2591 1955.  

 

Yours sincerely,
                            
Professor Kwan Yui Huen  
Chairperson
Social Workers Registration Board


31/5/2013
Appointment of Disciplinary Committee Panel Members Nomination of Candidates for the Board’s Consideration

Dear Registered Social Workers,

On behalf of the Social Workers Registration Board (“the Board”), I invite you to nominate suitable candidates for the Board’s consideration for appointment of Disciplinary Committee Panel Members. Details of the captioned exercise are set out in the following paragraphs for your perusal.

Background

The Board is a statutory body established under the Social Workers Registration Ordinance (“the Ordinance”). One of the important functions of the Board is to deal with disciplinary offences in respect of registered social workers (“RSWs”) in accordance with the Ordinance.

Composition of DC Panel

Section 26 the Ordinance imposes the duty on the Board to appoint persons (not being members of the Board) to be members of a disciplinary committee (“DC”) in accordance with the following members and categories:-

(a)         not less than 12 registered social workers (category 1) who each hold a recognised degree in social work;
(b)         not less than 12 registered social workers (category 2) who each hold a recognised diploma in social work; and
(c)        not less than 10 persons who are not registered social workers.

Work of the Disciplinary Committee

When the Board receives a complaint against an RSW on ground of misconduct or neglect in any professional respect, the Board would assign two Board Members to consider the case. If the “two Board Members” considers that the complaint should be referred to the Board for inquiry, the Board would form a DC from the DC Panel to conduct a hearing on the complaint. The DC is formed by 5 persons selected from the DC Panel, comprising both RSWs and lay members. The composition of the DC is governed by Section 27(2) of the Ordinance. In essence, it comprises of 4 RSWs plus 1 lay member or 3 RSWs plus 2 lay members. The practice of the Board is to appoint a DC comprising 3 RSWs plus 2 lay members.

The DC would conduct a hearing on the complaint. At the hearing, the complainant has to prove his case and the RSW being complained of has the right to defend his case. The DC is assisted by a legal adviser appointed by the Board. The DC would hear evidence of both sides and then decide whether or not the complaint is established and make recommendations to the Board accordingly. It would also recommend what disciplinary order should be imposed on the RSW if it considers that the complaint is established. The Board would consider the recommendation of the DC and make a final decision on whether the complaint is established and if so, the disciplinary order to be made.

A party who is aggrieved by the disciplinary order made by the Board may appeal to the Court of Appeal.
 
Workload of the DC in the past three years

From January of 2011 to present, a total of 15 disciplinary hearings were conducted by the Board. Usually, a hearing would last for one to two days. All five DC members must be present throughout the preparatory meetings and the hearing. The presiding member of the DC would submit the written decision of the DC together with the background information paper to the Full Board for the Board’s consideration at the next nearest Board meeting.

Power of the Board to Appoint DC Panel Members
 
The power to appoint DC Panel Members is vested with the Board and the Board has an absolute discretion in the selection and appointment of DC Panel Members. In order to discharge its duty, the Board has to appoint suitable persons as DC Panel Members.
     
Nominations invited

You are cordially invited to nominate candidates for the Board’s consideration for appointment as DC Panel Members. The tenure of the new DC Panel Members would be 3 years from 16 January 2014 to 15 January 2017.
 
You are also invited to note that on top of the Board’s duty to appoint fit and suitable DC Panel Members, there is an operational need to keep the size of the DC Panel to a manageable level and also to maintain a balanced composition of members in the DC Panel. Therefore, for one reason or another, the Board is not bound to appoint each and every person nominated by RSWs as DC Panel Member.

After the closing of the nomination exercise, the Board would proceed to the stage of vetting and scrutinising of the nominees. This process would be conducted as an internal exercise of the Board. According to the tentative working schedule, it is anticipated that the list of DC Panel Members would be gazetted in December 2013.

Deadline for Nominations

Please download the nomination form from 
here. Please note that the same nomination form would be used for nomination of RSWs and lay members as candidates for appointment of DC Panel Members.      

You are requested to forward your nominations to the Board Office on or before 31 July 2013.  If you have any question, please feel free to contact the Board Office at 2591 1955.



Yours sincerely,
                            
Professor Kwan Yui Huen  
Chairperson
Social Workers Registration Board


30/5/2013
Sharing session

The Social Workers Registration Board (the Board) will organize sharing sessions on a regular basis to enhance the Board's communication with registered social workers and to facilitate them to know more about the Board and the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers. We cordially invite RSWs to attend the sharing sessions. Details of the coming sharing session is set out below:

Date Time Venue
10 June 2013 (Monday) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 26/F., Lecture Room, Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

The main programme of the sharing session will cover:

1. Briefing by the Board staff on

(a) the Social Workers Registration Board including background, registration procedures, code of practice, disciplinary procedures, etc.

(b) the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers

2. Opinion exchange and forum questions

Please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk) or by contacting Ms. Wong at 2591 1955 for further arrangements.

More sharing sessions of the kind will be organized in the near future. If you are not able to attend the above sessions, please check the emails from the Board and the Board's website from time to time for the updates. For more information, please contact Ms. Wong at 2591 1955.


15/5/2013
Sharing session

The Social Workers Registration Board (the Board) will organize sharing sessions on a regular basis to enhance the Board's communication with registered social workers and to facilitate them to know more about the Board and the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers. We cordially invite RSWs to attend the sharing sessions. Details of the coming sharing session is set out below:

Date Time Venue
24 May 2013 (Friday) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm 26/F., Lecture Room, Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

The main programme of the sharing session will cover:

1. Briefing by the Board staff on

(a) the Social Workers Registration Board including background, registration procedures, code of practice, disciplinary procedures, etc.

(b) the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers

2. Opinion exchange and forum questions

Please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk) or by contacting Ms. Wong at 2591 1955 for further arrangements.

More sharing sessions of the kind will be organized in the near future. If you are not able to attend the above sessions, please check the emails from the Board and the Board's website from time to time for the updates. For more information, please contact Ms. Wong at 2591 1955.


7/5/2013
Invitation for nomination of candidates for appointment as (i) Co-opted Members of the Committee on Professional Conduct and (ii) Co-opted Members of the Working Group on Professional Development of the Social Workers Registration Board

Dear Registered Social Workers,

This is an invitation for nomination of RSWs for the Board’s consideration on appointment of (i) co-opted members of the Committee on Professional Conduct (hereinafter referred as the “Committee”) and (ii) co-opted members of the Working Group on Professional Development (hereinafter referred as the “Working Group”) under the Social Workers Registration Board. The tenure of the term of co-opted members would be from date of appointment by the Board up to 15 January 2016. In this open nomination exercise, the Board would appoint two co-opted members to the Committee and four co-opted members to the Working Group.  

Details of the powers and responsibilities of the Committee and of the Working Group are set out in the nomination form, please
download here.

The purpose of conducting this open nomination exercise is to invite RSWs who are interested in the work of the Committee and / or the work of the Working Group to join the Committee and / or the Working Group as co-opted members and to assist the Committee and / or the Working Group to carry out their tasks, respectively.

You are cordially invited to nominate candidates for the Board’s consideration for appointment as co-opted members of the Committee and / or the Working Group. A nomination form is enclosed for your use. Please forward your nominations to the Board Office on or before 31 May 2013.      

If you need any further information from us, please feel free to contact our Registrar, Mr. Thomas Leung at 2591 1955.   


Yours sincerely,

Professor Kwan Yui-huen
Chairperson
Social Workers Registration Board          


9/4/2013
Sharing session

The Social Workers Registration Board (the Board) will organize sharing sessions on a regular basis to enhance the Board's communication with registered social workers and to facilitate them to know more about the Board and the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers. We cordially invite RSWs to attend the sharing sessions. Details of the coming sharing session is set out below:

Date Time Venue
19 Apr 2013 (Friday) 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm 26/F., Lecture Room, Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

The main programme of the sharing session will cover:

1. Briefing by the Board staff on

(a) the Social Workers Registration Board including background, registration procedures, code of practice, disciplinary procedures, etc.

(b) the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers

2. Opinion exchange and forum questions

Please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk) or by contacting Ms. Wong at 2591 1955 for further arrangements.

More sharing sessions of the kind will be organized in the near future. If you are not able to attend the above sessions, please check the emails from the Board and the Board's website from time to time for the updates. For more information, please contact Ms. Wong at 2591 1955.


5/3/2013
Sharing session

The Social Workers Registration Board (the Board) will organize sharing sessions on a regular basis to enhance the Board's communication with registered social workers and to facilitate them to know more about the Board and the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers. We cordially invite RSWs to attend the sharing sessions. Details of the coming sharing session is set out below:

Date Time Venue
18 Mar 2013 (Monday) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon 26/F., Lecture Room, Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

The main programme of the sharing session will cover:

1. Briefing by the Board staff on

(a) the Social Workers Registration Board including background, registration procedures, code of practice, disciplinary procedures, etc.

(b) the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers

2. Opinion exchange and forum questions

Please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk) or by contacting Ms. Wong at 2591 1955 for further arrangements.

More sharing sessions of the kind will be organized in the near future. If you are not able to attend the above sessions, please check the emails from the Board and the Board's website from time to time for the updates. For more information, please contact Ms. Wong at 2591 1955.


31/1/2013
Easy Guide to Social Workers Registration Ordinance

Dear Registered Social Workers,       

I am pleased to invite you to download the Easy Guide to Social Workers Registration Ordinance (hereinafter referred as the “Easy Guide”) which is newly published by the Board for your retention and reference.

The registration system for registration of registered social workers (RSWs) is established under the Social Workers Registration Ordinance (the Ordinance”). We believe that a better understanding on the Ordinance would not only help RSWs understand the functions of the Social Workers Registration Board but also help RSWs know more about their obligations, requirements and rights under the Ordinance. Along this line, we have produced the Easy Guide which is intended to help RSWs, their employers and those who want to practise social work better understand and grasp the main provisions of the Ordinance.

We hope you would find the Easy Guide useful.  We also welcome you to download the Easy Guide form the Board’s homepage (
http://www.swrb.org.hk/documents/easy_guide.pdf) for details.


Yours faithfully,
 
Thomas Leung
Registrar
Social Workers Registration Board


15/12/2012
Result of Election of Social Workers Registration Board Members

The election of members of the Social Workers Registration Board (“the Board”) was launched in December 2012.  A total of 3,110 valid ballots were received as at 12:00 noon on 15 December 2012.  Vote counting was conducted on the same day at the Board office.  Computer aided equipment was used in the vote counting exercise which was overseen by three observers appointed by the Board. They were: Dr. Au Si Yan, Alfred,  Dr. Chow Chun Bong and Mr. Lee Yu Sung.

With the void ballots being discarded, the result of the election was as follows:

Name of Candidate

Vote Received

Kan Chi Wai

 816

Shum Wai Chuen

 712

Kwan Yui Huen

 1,267

Au Kit Ying, Anita

 811

Fu Tsun Hung

1,110

Chui Wing Tak, Ernest

 1,528

Lam Ching Man

1,485

Chan Yee Fei

680

Leung Kin Hung

1,191

Yum Kwok Tung, Pius

609

Leung Tsz Tun

615

Chu Cheong Hay

956

Lee Chi Hung, Clifford

866

Yip Kin Chung

998

The eight candidates receiving the highest number of votes, namely, Chui Wing Tak, Ernest, Lam Ching Man, Kwan Yui Huen, Leung Kin Hung, Fu Tsun Hung, Yip Kin Chung, Chu Cheong Hay and Lee Chi Hung, Clifford were elected members of the Board for the new term from 16 January 2013 to 15 January 2016.  The list of the Board members of the new term, including the eight above newly elected members, the 6 appointed members, and the Director of Social Welfare or his delegate, will be published in the gazette shortly.


30/11/2012
Work Report and Audited Accounts

The updated work report and Audited Accounts of the Board are as follows:

Work Report

Audited Accounts


23/11/2012
Election of Members of the Social Workers Registration Board

Dear Registered Social Worker,

The tenure of Members of the Social Workers Registration Board of the current term would expire on 15 January 2013.  The election of Board Members of the new term would be conducted in mid-December 2012.

A total of 14 candidates participate in this election.  On 19 November 2012, we have despatched the election publicity materials of the candidates to you. We have sent the Chinese Version of the “Rules and Procedures” for this election to you by post on 3 September 2012.  If you wish to refer to the English version of the document, please log on the Board’s web-site at www.swrb.org.hk/documents/election_rules_eng_2012.pdf.  

We now forward to you a list of candidates, a ballot, a bar-coded envelope and a mail return envelope (by post).  Please follow the instructions to mark your choices on the ballot and put your completed ballot in the bar-coded envelope.  The bar-coded envelope should then be sealed and sent to the Board Office by using the mail return envelope.  Alternatively, you may deliver the completed ballot in the sealed bar-coded envelope to the Board Office at 27/F Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan in person.  Please note that all completed ballots sealed in bar-coded envelopes must reach the Board Office before 12:00 noon on Saturday, 15 December 2012.  If you send your completed ballot by post, please send it out early so that your completed ballot will reach the Board Office before 15 December 2012.  If after receipt of this letter and before 12:00 noon of 15 December 2012, you choose to deliver the completed ballot to the Board Office in person, you should also put the completed ballot in the bar-coded envelope.  Voters are not allowed to put their completed ballots into the ballot box without sealing the ballots in the bar-coded envelopes.

Lastly, the Board has arranged on-site voting for this election.  Eligible voters may choose to come to the Board Office at Lecture Room, 26/F Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan between 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, 15 December 2012 to cast their votes in person.  Voters must bring along their personal identification documents to the Board Office for verification of their voter status. After verification, a voter would be issued a blank ballot.  The voter may complete the ballot in designated rooms and put the ballot  in the ballot box. If a voter chooses to cast vote in person on 15 December 2012, his earlier ballot sent to the Board Office in bar-coded envelope would be void.

Vote counting would begin at 12:00 noon on 15 December 2012 at Lecture Room, 26/F Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan.  The Board has appointed Dr. AU Si-yan, Alfred, Dr. CHOW Chun-bong and Mr. LEE Yu-sung as observers of the vote counting exercise. 

 

Yours faithfully,         
Thomas Leung
Registrar
Social Workers Registration Board


5/11/2012
Annual Meeting with Registered Social Workers

The Annual Meeting with Registered Social Workers to be held on 30 November 2012 (Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Lecture Room, 26/F., Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong.

The theme of the Meeting is "Social Work in Hong Kong and China - Exchange and Development". The Board is honoured to have Ms. Ip Ka-po, Eliza, Senior Clinical Associate of Department of Applied Social Sciences, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Ms. Feng Hui-ling, Social Work Officer of Guangzhou LiKang Family Resource Centre, and Ms. Liang Qiu-sha, Director of Development (Services in Mainland China) of International Social Service Hong Kong Branch. The programme rundown of the meeting is shown as follows:

3:00 p.m. Registration
   
3:15 p.m. Work Reports and Financial Report
   
  Open Forum
   
3:45 p.m. (1)   Talk by Ms. Ip Ka-po, Eliza
  Topic: Social Work Education - One Yoke for Two Places
   
  (2)   Talk by Ms. Feng Hui-ling
  Topic: Interaction, Implication and Intergration - The Development Trend of Social Work Interaction in Hong Kong and Guangzhou
   
  (3)    Talk by Ms. Liang Qiu-sha      
  Topic: The Development of Social Service & Social Work in Guangzhou Mainland China
   
  Open forum

To facilitate the Board to make better arrangements for the meeting, please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk), by fax (2591 1411) or by contacting Mr. Poon at 2591 1955 for further arrangements.


17/9/2012
Sharing session

The Social Workers Registration Board (the Board) will organize sharing sessions on a regular basis to enhance the Board's communication with registered social workers and to facilitate them to know more about the Board and the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers. We cordially invite RSWs to attend the sharing sessions. Details of the coming sharing session is set out below:

Date Time Venue
12 Dec 2012 (Wednesday) 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 26/F., Lecture Room, Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong

The main programme of the sharing session will cover:

1. Briefing by the Board staff on

(a) the Social Workers Registration Board including background, registration procedures, code of practice, disciplinary procedures, etc.

(b) the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers

2. Opinion exchange and forum questions

Please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk) or by contacting Ms. Wong at 2591 1955 for further arrangements.

More sharing sessions of the kind will be organized in the near future. If you are not able to attend the above sessions, please check the emails from the Board and the Board's website from time to time for the updates. For more information, please contact Ms. Wong at 2591 1955.


6/9/2012
Election of Members of the Social Workers Registration Board (“the Election”)

The tenure of office of the current Social Workers Registration Board members is due to expire on 15 January 2013.  Eight registered social workers (category 1) (“RSWs”) will be elected by RSWs to fill the 8 elected seats of the Board for the term from 16 January 2013 to 15 January 2016. All RSWs who are on the Register on or after 1 September 2012 are eligible to nominate candidates and/or be nominated as candidates in the Election. Candidates for this election must be registered social workers (category 1).   

If RSW wish to nominate or to be nominated in this Election, please take an early action to complete the nomination procedures before the deadline of the nomination. Early participation in the nomination exercise would certainly help all parties concerned in this Election.      

Nomination must be made on the nomination form to be signed by the proposer, the seconder and the nominee; all of them must be RSWs. There is no ceiling on the number of nominations to be made by a RSW and thus a RSW can be the proposer and/or seconder for more than 8 nominees. The nomination form (in original) must reach the office of the Board at 27/F Eastern Commercial Centre, 83 Nam On Street, Shau Kei Wan, Hong Kong on or before 28 September 2012 (Friday).  Late submissions will not be accepted.

Please download the Rules and Procedures on Election of Board Members (http://www.swrb.org.hk/documents/election_rules_eng_2012.pdf) for details.


1/8/2012
Extension of Consultation Period for Consultation on Proposed Amendments to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance

In April 2012, the Social Workers Registration Board (“the Board”) invited all registered social workers (“RSWs”) and related social work organizations to give their views and comments on the proposed amendments to the Social Workers Registration Ordinance (“the Ordinance”). The deadline for giving views and comments to the Board is 31 July 2012.

In May and June 2012, the Board organized six consultations with RSWs and social work organizations to gather their views on the proposed amendments to     the Ordinance.

In the course of gathering views from RSWs and related organizations, the Board received suggestions that the consultation period be extended so that RSWs and related social work organizations can have more time to give views and comments on the proposed amendments.

At its meeting held on 4 July 2012, the Board examined the above request and decided that the consultation period be extended up to 31 October 2012.

The consultation documents can be found at the Board’s web-site set up for this consultation exercise (
www.swrb.hk/consultation2012). Please give your views and comments on the proposed amendment by post, by fax, by e-mail or on the internet on or before 31 October 2012.


5/6/2012
Briefing session on VCPD Scheme

The Board has kicked off a series of promotion programme to facilitate fellow workers to understand more about the Board’s functions and the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers (VCPD Scheme). At the initial stage, the Board will visit social service agencies and tertiary institutions to brief their social work employees and social work graduates, respectively, on the functions of the Board and the VCPD Scheme. The Board will first send staff to visit those agencies and institutions which have indicated interest in the matter. If situation allows, some of these talks will be also open to other RSWs.

The Board cordially invites RSWs to attend the following talk:

Date: 13 June 2012 (Wednesday)

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Room 811 Hong Kong Scout Centre, Scout Path, Austin Road, Kowloon

No. of seats available: 30

Please enroll by email (info@swrb.org.hk) or by phone (2591 1955, Ms. Mak), providing the name(s) and contact phone number(s) of the participant(s) for further arrangements.

More briefing sessions of the kind will be organized in the near future. If you are not able to attend the above talk, please check the Board’s website from time to time for the updates. For more information, please contact Ms. Mak at 2591 1955.


20/4/2012
Consultation on Proposed Amendments to Social Workers Registration Ordinance (Chapter 505)

The Social Workers Registration Ordinance (“the Ordinance”) was enacted on 6 June 1997. In 2001, the Board initiated a review on the Ordinance. Thereafter the Board has taken a series of actions attempting to take the matter forward. Details of the actions taken are set out in the foreword of the consultation document. After completing a new round review recently, the Board has worked out the latest version of proposed amendments to the Ordinance as set out in the consultation document, the link is http://www.swrb.org.hk/consultation2012/content_add_eng.asp. Please download the consultation document here.  RSWs may give your views and comments on the proposed amendment by post, by fax, by e-mail or on the internet on or before 31 July 2012.


7/12/2011
有關二零一一年選舉委員會社會福利界界分組選舉

連日來,註冊局辦事處收到不少關於二零一一年選舉委員會社會福利界界別分組選舉候選人宣傳品的查詢,本人現向同工澄清如下:

(一) 近日註冊社工及一些已沒有名列註冊紀錄册的人士,收到一些由選舉委員會社會福利界界別分組選舉候選人寄發的宣傳品。註冊局從無透過郵寄或其他任何方式,為 是次選舉的任何候選人,向註冊社工傳遞任何關於選舉的訊息或寄發任何宣傳品。據選舉事務處解釋,那些宣傳品是由候選人自行寄發,而收件人的姓名及地址則由 選舉事務處按選民登記冊提供。如同工不希望收到有關宣傳品,請自行與選舉事務處聯絡。

(二) 註冊局曾在二零一零年十二月應選舉事務處的要求,提供當時最新的註冊社工名單及資料予該處,作為編製選民登記冊之用,這些資料包括註冊社工的中、英文姓 名、身份證號碼、註冊編號、註冊地址及首次(或最近重新)註冊的日期。及後,選舉事務處曾多次要求註冊局,向他們提供最新的註冊社工名單及資料,以核實選 民登記册的資料,而該處所要求的,則只包括註冊社工的中、英文姓名、註冊編號、香港身份證號碼及首次(或最近重新)註冊的日期。而註冊局最近一次的資料提 供,是在二零一一年七月。

(三) 註冊局向選舉事務處所提供註冊社工的資料,都是應該處的要求的而提供,但該處如何處理這些資料及如何更新社會福利界界別的選民名冊,註冊局無從管轄。但據 選舉事務處告知,在收到註冊局最新的註冊社工名單及資料後,該處不會自動更新選民登記册上的資料。如有同工認為在是次選舉,應被列入但並沒有被列入社會福 利界功能界別選民登記冊內,又或在選民登記冊上的任何個人資料應已更新但仍未更新,請同工按本身情況,自行向選舉事務處查詢。

(四) 註冊局剛收到選舉事務處的函件,要求註冊局提醒註冊社工及有關人士,「根據《行政長官選舉條例》(第569章)的附表第30(1)(a)條,如某人或團體 已不再有資格登記為某界別分組的投票人,他/該團體便會喪失在該界別分組選舉中投票的資格。此外,根據《選舉(舞弊及非法行為)條例》(第554章)第 16(1)(a)條,任何人明知他無權在選舉中投票卻在選舉中投票,即屬在選舉中作出舞弊行為,一經定罪,最高刑罰是罰款$500,000及監禁7年。」 因此,若任何人士已被註銷註冊,便不再符合資格登記為社會福利界界別分組的投票人,即使收到由選舉事務處發出的投票通知書,亦切勿在二零一一年選舉委員會 社會福利界界別分組選舉中投票,以免誤墮法網。

(五) 過去註冊局曾多次在「通訊」提醒同工,根據《選舉管理委員會條例》,名列註冊紀錄冊內的註冊社工,並不會自動成為社會福利界功能界別的選民,除非同工已名 列地方選區的選民登記冊內,並同時向選舉事務處登記,成為社會福利界功能界界別的選民。因此,如同工欲在是次選舉委員會社會福利界界別分組選舉中投票,除 須為註冊社工外,並須同時為社會福利界功能界別及地方選區的選民。

社會工作者註冊局

註冊主任梁瑞強

 

二零一一年十二月七日


23/11/2011
Annual Meeting with Registered Social Workers

The Annual Meeting with Registered Social Workers to be held on 16 December 2011 (Friday), 3:30 p.m. at Room 1114, Scout Centre, Scout Path, Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.              

The theme of the Meeting is “Social Workers in Secondary Setting”.  The Board is honoured to have Dr. Law Chi-kwong, Associate Professor of The University of Hong Kong;  Mr. Ng Sze-on, social worker of St. James Settlement for “Urban Renewal Social Service Team”; and Ms. Suen Hay-ping, Margaret, an experienced medical social worker of Caritas Medical Centre who was one of the winners of the Outstanding Social Workers Award in 2010-2011 to deliver talks on the main theme. The programme of the meeting is shown as follows:

3:15 p.m.               Registration
     
3:30 p.m.   Work reports by the Chairperson and Members of the Board
     
    Open Forum
     
4:00 p.m.   Talk by Dr. Law Chi-kwong
    Topic: Social Workers in secondary setting work professionally
     
    Talk by Mr. Ng Sze-on
    Topic: Service in gap - The experience of Urban Renewal social service team
     
    Talk by Ms. Suen Hay-ping, Margaret
    Topic: Struggle for Survival in Hong Kong Medical System: Medical Social Work’s Rock & Road
     
    Open forum

To facilitate the Board to make better arrangement for the meeting, please indicate your attendance by returning the reply slip to the Board Office on or before 13 December 2011.


23/11/2011
Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers

On 10 June 2011, the Social Workers Registration Board (“the Board”) launched the Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers (Voluntary CPD Scheme) and also the Online Continuing Professional Development System (“the Online CPD System”), web-site: www.swrb.org.hk/cpd.

To prepare for the Launch of Voluntary CPD Scheme, on 20 May 2011, the Board sent a letter to each RSW informing them the launch of the scheme as well as the information on login of the Online CPD System. Since the launch of the Voluntary CPD Scheme, a number of RSWs have activated their accounts and input their CDP activity records in the Online CPD System. Furthermore, about twenty CPD activity organizers have been listed in the Online CPD System as CPD activity organizers under the Voluntary CDP Scheme. They have posted information on CPD activities in the Online CPD System.

The letter conveying information on login of the Online CPD System was sent to RSWs in May 2011 and some RSW may have lost the said letter and therefore cannot log in the Online CPD System. To address the above problem and also to serve as a soft reminder to encourage RSWs to activate their accounts in the Online CPD System, we would like to take this opportunity to inform RSWs that a link “Forgot Username and/or Password” has been set up in the Online CPD System to assist RSWs to retrieve their passwords so that they activate their accounts in the Online CPD System and input their CPD activity records into the system. The link is :http://www.swrb.org.hk/cpd/en/rswForgotPassword.asp.

Promotion of the Voluntary CPD Scheme is the Board’s current major task. Without the support of RSWs, it would not be possible for the Board to implement the Voluntary CPD Scheme successfully. In this respect, we cordially invite you to activate your account in the Online CPD System at your earliest convenience. If you have already activated your account in the Online CPD System, we take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks for your support towards the Voluntary CPD Scheme. We also invite you to continue to input your CPD record into the Online CPD System.


19/7/2011
招標通告

社會工作者註冊局(下稱註冊局)乃根據《社會工作者註冊 條例》(第505章)成立的法定機構,現誠邀機構及團體(包括商業機構)競投,提供以下服務:

向註冊社工及其僱用機構推廣「註冊社 會工作者自願持續專業發展計劃」及「社會工作督導指引」

服 務合約 為期 十二個月,有意投標者請以下列任何方法索取招標文件:

1. 於辦公時間內親臨註冊局辦事處領取(地址:香港筲箕灣南安街八十三號海安商業中心二十七樓);
2. 致函註冊局辦事處索取,並附回郵信封;及
3. 發電郵至info@swrb.org.hk索取。

截標日期:二零一一年八月二十四日正午十二 時

如有查詢,請致電2591 1955與潘悅豪先生聯絡。


20/5/2011
(1) Launch of Online Registration System
(2) Implementation of Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers and Launch of Online Continuing Professional Development System

(1) Launch of Online Registration System

To provide another convenient arrangement for RSWs to handle registration and related matters, the Board has set up an Online Registration System. From 10 June 2011 (afternoon) onwards, you may submit your application for renewal of registration to the Board through the system. You may also use the system to handle other matters related to registration such as checking / updating personal data, reporting of charges / convictions. Please login web-site: www.swrb.org.hk/intranet for details.

(2) Implementation of Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers and Launch of Online Continuing Professional Development System

With a view to promoting Continuing Professional Development for Registered Social Workers forward, the Board has conducted the following two surveys:

(a) Survey on Behaviours and Attitudes of Registered Social Workers towards Continuing Professional Development, and
(b) Survey on Policies and Practices of Employing Agencies on Continuing Professional Development.

After completion of the above surveys, the Board decided to implement a Voluntary Continuing Professional Development Scheme for Registered Social Workers (the “Voluntary CPD Scheme”)  (Please download the Scheme
here). In support of the Voluntary CPD Scheme, the Board has set up an Online Continuing Professional Development System. The Voluntary CPD Scheme will be formally launched on 10 June 2011 (afternoon). You may then login website (www.swrb.org.hk/cpd) to browse the details of the Voluntary CPD Scheme, information on CPD activities and to use the Online CPD System to record your CPD activity records.

The login information is the same as that for the Online Registration System.

The full text of the report would be uploaded to the CPD web-site: www.swrb.org.hk/engASP/research.asp in the afternoon on 10 June 2011. You may then login the web-site for details on the report. Please download the executive summary here.

The Board cordially invites you to join the Voluntary CPD Scheme by activating your account in the Online Voluntary CPD System and also to use the Online Registration System to handle your registration matters. After 10 June 2011 (p.m.), you may login the two online systems to peruse the user guidelines for the respective systems.

If you need any further information or assistance from the Board Office, please contact us at 2591 1955.


22/3/2011
Social Worker Denied Entry to Macau

Last year, the Board noticed that a social worker had been denied entry into Macau when she went there with her family for leisure.  The Board later received a letter each from the Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union and Ms. YEUNG Pui-yan, the registered social worker (RSW) involved in the incident, both asking the Board to follow up the matter.  In this connection, the Board had issued a letter to the Security Bureau to express its concern and enquire about the details of the incident, and the Security Bureau had replied the Board's letter.  After obtaining consent from the parties concerned, the Board now posts below in chronological order the letters issued by the Hong Kong Social Workers' General Union, Ms. Yeung, the Board, and the Security Bureau for the reference of RSWs and the public.



15/1/2010
Publication of Amended Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers and Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers and Publication of Casebook of Disciplinary Inquiries

The revised Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers (“the Code”) was gazetted to its effect on 15 January 2010. The revised Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers (“the Guidelines”) also took effect on the same date. The Board will send the above revised documents to all registered social workers and their employing agencies very soon. To facilitate RSWs to understand the purpose of the review of the Code and the Guidelines and the essence of the amendments, a brief paper for the purpose will also be sent along with the revised documents. The revised Code and Guidelines, and the brief paper are posted on the Board’s website for RSWs’ easy reference.

RSWs may have received a copy of the “Rethinking on Professional Conduct of Social Workers – Casebook of Disciplinary Inquiries”, which the Board published for the promotion of education on professional ethics of social workers. The casebook has also been uploaded to the Board’s website for RSWs’ easy reference.

RSWs may ask why the Board did not send the above documents and the casebook to RSWs in one-go but under separate mail, which might cost more while eco-unfriendly. The fact is that the cost of sending in one-go is higher than that under separate mail by approximately $70,000. Based on this consideration, the Board decided to send them to RSWs separately.


11/2/2004
Renewal on Web

With immediate effect, RSWs will be able to make on-line applications for renewal and pay the renewal fees by PPS on the phone or through the Internet.


24/8/2001
Statement of the Advisory Committee On Social Work Training and Manpower Planning On Continuing Professional Development of Social Workers

The Advisory Committee on Social Work Training and Manpower Planning, an advisory body on the education and training of social workers, notes that in the newly released Guidelines on Code of Practice for Registered Social Workers, the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) recommends social workers to attend professional enhancement activities of not less than 24 hours a year aiming at upgrading their professional skills and knowledge. The committee believes that the social work profession is a progressive profession that strives for improvement and excellence. Like other professions that share the mission of enhancing the well-being of the community, the social work profession, in view of the rapid changes in Hong Kong, should be aware of the need to refresh and consolidate the existing knowledge and practice through training and should also constantly upgrade and advance itself to better serve the community and facilitate positive social development. Social workers, being professionally trained, should always keep themselves abreast of the changes impacting on the community and the profession, and explore new approaches in discharging their competence to meeting the new and changing demands on, and the rising expectation of the profession.

As stipulated in the Reform Proposals for the Education System in Hong Kong issued by the Education Commission in September 2000, Hong Kong needs to develop into a society that values lifelong learning. Everyone should have the attitude and ability for lifelong learning and a willingness to advance further beyond the existing knowledge level, and to continuously consolidate and upgrade their knowledge and ability. Continuing education is therefore crucial for the social work profession in facing the challenges ahead.

The Committee considers that now is the opportune time to promote continuing professional development among social workers, and strongly supports the recommendation of the SWRB that social workers should attend professional enhancement activities of not less than 24 hours a year.


11/8/2000
Policies and Procedures for handling complaints against / opinions on Social Workers Registration Board

To strengthen the communication with Registered Social Workers (“RSWs”), the Board has drawn up a set of procedures to deal with the complaints/opinions lodged by the public/RSWs against/on the Board’s policies, practice and operation. Please click here for the details of the procedures. You may also download the forms as appended from “Forms” of this homepage.


3/4/2000
Extracted Reply to RSW's Enquiries

The Board has recently received enquiries from RSWs seeking clarification on the interpretation of section 35 of the Social Workers Registration Ordinance and the interpretation of the Judgement handed down by Mr. Justice Stone on the judicial review sought by en ex-social worker. After seeking legal advice, the Board has issued a reply which is extracted hereunder for general information:-

Interpretation of the Ordinance

   1. Under section 35 of the Ordinance,
      "Any person who-
      ...

         (h) not being a registered social worker...knowingly permits the use of, or uses, in connection with his business or profession.

              (i) the description "registered social worker" or "註冊社會工作者"
              (ii) the initials "R.S.W."
              (iii) the description "social work" or "社會工作" or "social worker" or 社會工作者 or "社工"; or
              (iv) any initials or abbreviation of words intended to cause, or which may reasonably cause, any person to believe that the person using the initials or abbreviations, as the case may be, is on the Register,

          (i) not being on the Register, advertises or represents himself as a registered social worker or knowingly permits himself to be so advertised or represented;
          ...
          commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine at level 5..."

2. According to the afore-quoted section of the Ordinance, a person who is not registered under the Ordinance but describes himself as a "registered social worker", or "social worker", or uses the description of "social work", or permits the use of these terms with his rank title, is liable to be prosecuted.

3. A non registered person practicing social work or occupying the post of a social worker would have, if not directly used, permitted the use of the term "social work", or even "registered social worker" in his rank title in the course of his job, and therefore might trigger section 35 of the Ordinance.

4. The Board is fully aware that any use of the terms "social work" or "social worker" etc. will not constitute an offence under the Ordinance if such use is within sections 34(3) and (4) of the Ordinance, i.e. using the terms "social work" etc. to describe his academic qualification or past working experience (as envisaged by section 34(3) and (4) of the Ordinance). However, such exceptions will not apply to the situation which a person actually practices social work by engaging a social worker's post.

5. The Board is also fully aware that it is not a statutory requirement for person to any person to register under the Ordinance provided always that such person does not describe himself or permit himself if to be described in connection with the terms "social work", "social worker" etc.


Interpretation of the Judgment delivered by Mr. Justice Stone


6. The Board appreciates that Mr. Justice Stone has clarified that the Ordinance does impose a statutory requirement for all social workers to register. The Board also notes that Mr. Justice Stone has clarified how an unregistered social worker could be held liable of a criminal offence under the Ordinance.:-

      "...it is plain on a fair reading of the sequence of correspondence that the criminal aspect which was principally arousing concern lay not in failure to register per se but in the event that social workers in the relevant grades continued to use their rank titles in the course of their jobs absent such registration" (page 19)


7. It is under such circumstances that a social worker who fails to register or fails to renew his registration status whilst practicing social work and occupying social work post may trigger section 35 under the Ordinance.


20/12/1999
The Court's judgement

On 3 December 1999 the Court has handed down its judgement on the judicial review sought by Miss Cheung Man-wai, Florence. The Court's judgement is posted on the Homepage for your information.


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1/1/1998
測試