Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS)
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service is a federation of non-government social service agencies of Hong Kong. They were established in 1947 with the aim to plan and coordinate large scale relief works and social welfare after the Second World War. In 1951, they became a statuary body under the ordinance, chapter 1057.
The Council has since become an essential partner of the Hong Kong Government in social welfare and development. Today they represent more than 460 Agency Members, providing quality social welfare service through their 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong.
The Council and its member agencies believe in social justice and equality, and the intrinsic rights of every individual. While society is obliged to provide individuals with the basic social and economic resources to develop their potentials, individuals in turn should carry out their responsibilities towards their families and society, to be self-reliant and to achieve self-actualization.
What They Do
They identify critical social issues and recommend appropriate policies to the government for healthy social change. They also mobilize cross-sector interactions to promote care, social responsibility and philanthropy culture in Hong Kong.
They are committed to Hong Kong’s sustainable development and building an instrumental social service sector by providing vital capacity and other supports to their fellow members. They represent the sector in more than 60 committees of governments and statutory bodies dealing with varieties of social issues. The Council has a Special Consultative Status in the Economic and Social Commission of the United Nations.
To build a social service sector that is highly accountable, efficient, effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term sustainable development of society and the well-being of their citizens.
To promote the development of social welfare together with its member agencies, through:
- Enhancing accountability of social welfare service agencies;
- Promoting improvement of social welfare services;
- Facilitating agencies to better serve the community;
- Advocating equality, justice, social integration and a caring society;
- Setting the local welfare sector as a model of excellence in the international community.See more