Hong Kong – Couple charged with murder and ill-treatment or neglect of child by a person in charge of that child

Couple charged with murder and ill-treatment or neglect of child by a person in charge of that child


     Police today (May 2) laid charges against a 30-year-old foreign man and his 26-year-old foreign wife jointly with one count of murder and one count of ill-treatment or neglect of child by a person in charge of that child.

     Police received a report from hospital staff on August 25, 2019 that a 48-day-old boy collapsed and sustained bruises on face and femur fracture. His parents were arrested for ill-treatment or neglect of child by a person in charge of that child on the same day. The boy was certified dead in Princess Margaret Hospital on August 30, 2019.

     Child Abuse Investigation Unit of Kowloon West took over the case. Pursuant to the legal advice, Police laid charge against the couple with one count of murder and one count of ill-treatment or neglect of child by a person in charge of that child.

     The case will be mentioned at Kowloon City Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow (May 3) morning.

Hong Kong – Tuen Mun Wu Hong Maternal and Child Health Centre suspends service

Tuen Mun Wu Hong Maternal and Child Health Centre suspends service


     The Department of Health today (November 1) said that due to water leakage from the ceiling at Tuen Mun Wu Hong Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCHC) this afternoon, the service of the MCHC has been suspended until further notice for urgent repair works. Those who have made appointments will be informed of their new appointments after the service adjustment.

Hong Kong – “Let’s T.A.L.K. – Child Protection Campaign 2022” kicks off today (with photos)

“Let’s T.A.L.K. – Child Protection Campaign 2022” kicks off today (with photos)


     The Police Force launched “Let’s T.A.L.K. – Child Protection Campaign 2022” at an opening ceremony held at Whitty Street Tram Depot today (October 14). Last year, Police mounted its first ever large-scale education and publicity campaign on child protection and has garnered overwhelming public support. As such, the Force organises another round of territory-wide campaign this year with the theme “Bystander Intervention”, to promote the importance of early intervention when encountering child abuse cases.


     Addressing at the opening ceremony, the Commissioner of Police, Mr Siu Chak-yee, said that although the number of child abuse cases reported in the first eight months of this year is similar to the figures for the same period last year, the emergence of a number of serious child abuse cases has aroused concern. Mr Siu stressed that Police attach great importance to child protection. Over the past year, the Force has kept reviewing and improving the handling procedures for child abuse cases. He added that the Vulnerable Witness Support Cadre was set up in July this year, and the Force has continuously strengthened staff training and enhanced collaboration with different stakeholders with a view to protecting children and the vulnerable from abuse and harm. At the Government level, the legislation on a mandatory reporting mechanism of child abuse cases has been speeded up while consultation work will start in November this year.


     Mr Siu then introduced the two themed trams where the mobile exhibition will be held during the campaign period. While saying that the tram, “Ding Ding”, is an icon of the city with long history, as well as representing the spirit of mutual help and caring, he hoped that the sound of its bell could also arouse public awareness on child protection.


     The Child Protection Campaign 2022 will be held from today until November 20, during which a series of activities will be arranged, including the tram mobile exhibition, enhancement of the child protection one-stop application (www.ChildProtection.gov.hk) and a new series of animations to provide knowledge and practical information on child protection. Collaborating with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Family Conflict and Sexual Violence Policy Unit and the Psychological Services Group of the Police Force will also organise art workshops and badge design competitions for senior primary students, as well as social experiments to awaken the general public to come forward when encountering child abuse cases instead of being a bystander.


     Other officiating guests attending today’s ceremony were the Permanent Secretary for Education, Ms Michelle Li; the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Department of Justice, Ms Maggie Yang; the Deputy Director of Social Welfare (Services), Mr Kok Che-leung; the Ambassador of the Child Protection Campaign, Ms Guo Jingjing; the Director of Against Child Abuse, Ms Donna Wong; the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Mr Yuen Yuk-kin; the Director of Crime and Security, Mr Yip Wan-lung; the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime), Ms Chung Wing-man; and Chief Superintendent (Crime Support), Ms Yu Hoi-kwan.

Hong Kong – SWD deploys designated team to child care centre to follow up on suspected child maltreatment incident

SWD deploys designated team to child care centre to follow up on suspected child maltreatment incident


     The Social Welfare Department (SWD) continues to follow up on a suspected child maltreatment incident that took place in a residential child care centre in Mong Kok last December. A designated team, comprising social workers, nurses and personnel with experience in supervising child care centres, will be deployed by the SWD to the centre concerned starting from next Monday (January 17). The team, which will be stationed at the centre every day, will closely monitor the centre’s daily operation on the ground to ensure that its operation measures up to the required service standard and that effective improvement measures have been put in place to provide children with proper care. The team will operate until the improvement measures and the operation of the centre meet the requirements of the SWD.

     Since the incident, the SWD has taken a series of actions, including sending an interdisciplinary team comprising more than 20 clinical psychologists, nurses, social workers, etc, to the child care centre concerned on December 27, 2021, to conduct investigations, inspect the operation and work records of the centre, and observe the behaviour, health and emotional status of each of the 70 children in the centre to ensure that the children were in stable condition.

     In addition, the SWD met with the executive committee and the management of the organisation which operates the service unit concerned on December 28, 2021, to receive a briefing by the organisation on its handling of the incident and follow-up actions.

     The SWD has also stepped up inspections at the centre and continued investigations on the incident. Warning letters and directives for remedial measures were issued to the organisation, requesting it to strengthen its supervision and monitoring of frontline staff. The organisation is also required to submit a review report by January 25.

     The SWD will continue to follow up on the incident in a serious manner. Subject to the investigation results on different fronts, the SWD may take further regulatory actions in accordance with the laws.

Child Author Natalia Padilla’s Book “Good Night” Will Be Displayed at the Tucson Festival of Books

Don’t miss the public display of “Good Night” by Natalia Padilla at the Tucson Festival of Books 2022.

“Good Night” (ReadersMagnet; 2020) by Natalia Padilla is one of the thousands of new children’s titles that will be exhibited at the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books on March 12-13, 2022, at the University of Arizona campus, Tucson, AZ.

The children’s book will be publicly displayed at the exhibit that self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet will host at the Tucson Festival of Books, which is one of the biggest literary festivals in the country.

Natalia describes in “Good Night” how some people learn differently, and emphasizes that to solve a problem, one has to think differently. By reading “Good Night,” kids will enjoy learning about vowels, consonants, conjunctions, and other aspects of the English language. The book encourages kids to speak English correctly and fluently without an accent.

Music and reading is the key to opening up a child’s mind to be content in one’s self and to open up their creativity. She has also included in her book an original song, also titled “Good Night,” which she composed to inspire children to learn music.

A child or adult may learn through reading with fun this wonderful story of a young girl about how she spends her time with family and friends. The final pages teach readers that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a wonderful difference in this world.

Gift the book “Good Night” by Natalia Padilla for any child who’s learning English and music. Order today on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Good-Night-Natalia-Padilla/dp/1951775732

Good Night

Author | Natalia Padilla

Published date | July 15, 2020

Publisher | ReadersMagnet

Book retail price | $4.07

Author Bio

Natalia Padilla is a twelve-year-old pianist, composer, art illustrator, and author of “Good Night.” She currently lives in San Diego, California, where she has lived for the most of her life. She’s also a songwriter, and her debut song was also called “Good Night.” In 2015, she won the California National Piano Playing auditions. Natalia enjoys reading fantasy and history books, and uses her creativity to paint, draw, or to sculpt clay into a piece of beauty. Natalia relaxes her thought processing creativity by playing her piano to possibly create a song for people to enjoy such as her song “Good Night.”