Exploratory study on youth, parents and social workers' perception and understanding on statutory supervision service to runaway youth placed under the care or protection order

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Exploratory study on youth, parents and social workers' perception and understanding on statutory supervision service to runaway youth placed under the care or protection order

 

Author: Lam, Choi-man Alice
Title: Exploratory study on youth, parents and social workers' perception and understanding on statutory supervision service to runaway youth placed under the care or protection order
Degree: M.A.
Year: 1999
Subject: Runaway teenagers -- China -- Hong Kong
Social work with youth -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Applied Social Studies
Pages: 115, [14] leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b1489723
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/1397
Abstract: In Hong Kong, Social Welfare Department categorizes that youth runaway is a type of youth-at-risk who needs care and protection. To implement care and protection to runaways, it is through social services and statutory intervention. In Hong Kong, the Protection of Children and Juvenile Ordinance, Cap. 213 provides a major legal framework social workers in the Social Welfare Department to provide statutory care and protection supervision for a child or juvenile under the age of 18, including the target of youth runaways. Social workers are the key persons to provide statutory supervision and social services to the clients. Hence, they need understand more about the young people and the parents' perception to statutory supervision based on a Care or Protection Order. This can facilitate the cooperation and involvement of the service users during the casework process, and enhances the effectiveness of statutory supervision to help runaways and their family. This study revealed that statutory care and protection supervision was closely connected with the clients' views on the circumstances leading to runaway behavior, different parties' expected intervention focus, their perceptions on the Care or Protection Order, and social workers' roles. At the same time, the study found that parents and young people's perception was not static. In the beginning of statutory supervision, young people, parents and social workers had divergent views on the circumstances to runaway problem and their expected intervention focus. This affected that the three parties could not reach some agreed intervention goals at the start. However, parents and young people's perceptions changed and re-adjusted after they had interacted and cooperated with social workers for a period of times. Gradually parents and young people had obvious perception changes in terms of the functions of statutory supervision and roles of social workers. At the later stage, three parties shared more convergent views on the functions of statutory supervision and the roles of social workers, and they could move on reaching agreed intervention areas to improve. Eventually, parents, young people and social workers shared similar views on the helpfulness of statutory supervision based on a Care or Protection Order.

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