Services Provided to Minors with No Immigration Status

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Dear Social Welfare Department,

I would be grateful if you could provide information as to the number of minor children who have sought services from the SWD, or had such services sought on their behalf, between 2014-2018, and who do not have either (i) valid Hong Kong Identity Documents, (ii) official travel documents establishing lawful immigration status in Hong Kong at the time of seeking such services, or are dependent children of an adult who does not have either (i) or (ii).

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Meehan
o/b/o Justice Centre Hong Kong

社會福利署

Dear Andrew,

 

Code on Access to Information - Application No. 36/2019

 

Our department has received your application for access to information on
6 June 2019.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before 26
June 2019.  In the meantime, please contact me at 2892 5599 if you have
any enquiry. 

 

 

Regards,

Miss Elaine NG

for Director of Social Welfare

-----Andrew Meehan <[FOI #375 email]> 撰寫:-----
收件人: FOI requests at Social Welfare Department <[Social Welfare Department request email]>
寄件人: Andrew Meehan <[FOI #375 email]>
日期: 06/06/2019 03:16下午
主旨: Freedom of Information request - Services Provided to Minors with No
Immigration Status

Dear Social Welfare Department,

I would be grateful if you could provide information as to the number of
minor children who have sought services from the SWD, or had such services
sought on their behalf, between 2014-2018, and who do not have either (i)
valid Hong Kong Identity Documents,  (ii) official travel documents
establishing lawful immigration status in Hong Kong at the time of seeking
such services, or are dependent children of an adult who does not have
either (i) or (ii).

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Meehan
o/b/o Justice Centre Hong Kong

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社會福利署

Dear Andrew,

 

Code on Access to Information - Application No. 36/2019

 

            Thank you for your email dated 6 June 2019, seeking access
to the  number of minor children who have sought services from the SWD,
or had such services sought on their behalf, between 2014-2018, and who do
not have either (i) valid Hong Kong Identity Documents, (ii) official
travel documents establishing lawful immigration status in Hong Kong at
the time of seeking such services, or are dependent children of an adult
who does not have either (i) or (ii). Subsequent to our interim reply on
14 June 2019, please find the requested information below.

 

            The number of minor children who have sought services from the
Social Welfare Department (“SWD”):

 

a.                  Probation services (minor children probationers aged
below 16) and community services order (CSO) scheme (minor children
offenders placed under CSO aged below 16)*

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Year |Number of probationers who are| Number of offenders placed |
| | minor children | under CSO who are minor |
| | | children |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2014-2015| 161 | 1 |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2015-2016| 114 | 0 |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2016-2017| 91 | 0 |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2017-2018| 74 | 1 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

*There is no minor children who do not have either (i) valid Hong Kong
Identity Documents or (ii) official travel documents establishing lawful
immigration status in Hong Kong.  Figures also available at Hong Kong
Annual Digest of Statistics (2018 Edition), Tables 15.13 and 15.14, pages
425-426.  Please refer to:
[1]https://www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/s...

 

b.                  Number of children’s (aged below 18) admission to the
Tuen Mun Children and Juvenile Home (TMCJH) of SWD for temporary custody
and residential training

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Year |Number of children’s admission| Number of children who do not |
| | in TMCJH |have either (i) valid Hong Kong|
| | | Identity Documents or (ii) |
| | | official travel documents |
| | |establishing lawful immigration|
| | | status in Hong Kong |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2014-2015| 1 533| 17 |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2015-2016| 1 242| 24 |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2016-2017| 983| 19 |
|---------+------------------------------+-------------------------------|
|2017-2018| 784| 10 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

c.                   Number of children waitlisted for pre-school
rehabilitation services and number of applications for pre-school
rehabilitation services from children holding recognizance forms issued by
the Immigration Department

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Year |Number of children waitlisted| Number of applications for |
| |for pre-school rehabilitation| pre-school rehabilitation |
|   | services | services from children holding |
| | |recognizance forms issued by the|
| |   | Immigration Department |
|---------+-----------------------------+--------------------------------|
|2014-2015| 7 054 | 0 |
| | | |
| | (as at 31 March 2015) | |
|---------+-----------------------------+--------------------------------|
|2015-2016| 8 110 | 4 |
| | | |
| | (as at 31 March 2016) | |
|---------+-----------------------------+--------------------------------|
|2016-2017| 9 055 | 4 |
| | | |
| | (as at 31 March 2017) | |
|---------+-----------------------------+--------------------------------|
|2017-2018| 9 395 | 5 |
| | | |
| | (as at 31 March 2018) | |
|---------+-----------------------------+--------------------------------|
|2018-2019|                6 383** | 3 |
| | | |
| |   (as at 31 March 2019) | |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

**From 2018-2019, the number of children waitlisted has excluded those
who are currently receiving at least one of the pre-school rehabilitation
services while waiting for another service place.

 

d.                  Number of Non-refoulement Claimants*** (aged below 18)

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| Year |Number of Non-refoulement Claimants*** (aged below 18)|
| | |
|(as at the end of| |
| March) | |
|-----------------+------------------------------------------------------|
|2016 | 839 |
|-----------------+------------------------------------------------------|
|2017 | 1 064 |
|-----------------+------------------------------------------------------|
|2018 | 1 111 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

***Non-refoulement Claimants refers to those service users receiving
humanitarian assistance from the Non-governmental Organisation
commissioned by Social Welfare Department.

 

Regards,

Miss Elaine NG

for Director of Social Welfare

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收件人: Andrew Meehan <[FOI #375 email]>
寄件人: Enquiry DAIO/SWDNET/SWD/HKSARG
日期: 06/14/2019 10:16上午
主旨: 回覆: Freedom of Information request - Services Provided to Minors
with No Immigration Status

Dear Andrew,

 

Code on Access to Information - Application No. 36/2019

 

Our department has received your application for access to information on
6 June 2019.  Your application is now under processing.  According to
paragraph 1.16 of the Code on Access to Information, our department will
inform you of the latest progress of the case separately on or before 26
June 2019.  In the meantime, please contact me at 2892 5599 if you have
any enquiry. 

 

 

Regards,

Miss Elaine NG

for Director of Social Welfare

-----Andrew Meehan <[FOI #375 email]> 撰寫:-----
收件人: FOI requests at Social Welfare Department <[Social Welfare Department request email]>
寄件人: Andrew Meehan <[FOI #375 email]>
日期: 06/06/2019 03:16下午
主旨: Freedom of Information request - Services Provided to Minors with No
Immigration Status

Dear Social Welfare Department,

I would be grateful if you could provide information as to the number of
minor children who have sought services from the SWD, or had such services
sought on their behalf, between 2014-2018, and who do not have either (i)
valid Hong Kong Identity Documents,  (ii) official travel documents
establishing lawful immigration status in Hong Kong at the time of seeking
such services, or are dependent children of an adult who does not have
either (i) or (ii).

Yours faithfully,

Andrew Meehan
o/b/o Justice Centre Hong Kong

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