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Recognition of and response to child sexual abuse in Hong Kong

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Frame of Image ts and supportive extended families. Unfortunately, no society is immune to child abuse. The media attention in 1978 to a severely abused ten-year-old girl who walked into a local police station in seek of help mobilized a group of professionals to investigate the problem. An Against Child Abuse (ACA) Action Group was formed in 1979. A pilot project involving a hotline was started. Over 300 phone calls were received from the public over a period of nine months. The existence of child abuse in Hong Kong became undeniable. In 1980, ACA was registered as a nongovernment organization. Since then, ACA has been active in raising public awareness to issues of child protection and the rights of children by serving as an advocate, trainer and educator and a provider of preventive and remedial services. Progressively, the government also took action and a system for child protection was established. This paper outlines the development of this system, in particular the response to child sexual abuse and the preventive measures taken. It will also highlight the challenges arising from newer forms of child sexual abuse.
Development of a Child Protection System
In the early 1980’s the government did not perceive a need for a specialised service for child abuse. It was considered one of the range of social ills that could be managed by a social worker. With reports of mismanaged cases however, a multidisciplinary Committee on Child Abuse was formed involving the social, health, law enforcem


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Title Recognition of and response to child sexual abuse in Hong Kong
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Material Type Articles
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Ip, Patricia

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[Seoul]:KWDI

Date 2011
Journal Title; Vol./Issue GSPR:2011 Vol.4
Pages 13
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Social Welfare
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management

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