What Happened to Youth Policy in Hong Kong?

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1993
1993

The final "Charter for Youth" was published.

The final "Charter for Youth" was published as a non-binding document open for voluntary subscription. It contained 3 sections: "Pledge" (with 10 ideals and principles on youth development), "Recognition" (stating the rights of youth) and "Consideration" (stating the social goals for youth development). For the full text, go to: http://www.hab.gov.hk/en/youth/

1989 OCT

HK Governor rejected CCY's proposal for a youth policy.

At a public address, then Governor David Wilson turned down the CCY's proposal for a youth policy, but agreed to setting up an advisory body for youth matters and to having a non-binding charter for youth.

1989

CCY proposed forming a youth policy and an advisory body in its final "Report on the Need for a Youth Policy".

The CCY endorsed and published the Working Party's report. It advised the Government to formulate a youth policy containing principles for youth development and an advisory body to oversee the task.

1988 SEP

CCY's public consultation on youth policy ended.

The majority of the public supported having a youth policy and setting up a Commission on Youth (CoY).

1988 MAY 11

A Legislaive Council motion was moved regarding the "Report on Youth Policy".

Mrs. Rosanna Tam moved a motion on the CCY Working Party's Report. Her opening speech explained the public support for a youth policy in light of contemporaneous circumstances. 14 Legislative Councillors supported the motion.

1988 APR 25

CCY Working Party released the "Report on Youth Policy".

The Working Party surveyed public opinion on the need for a youth policy, reviewed youth policies overseas, and analysed developmental trends as well as existing youth programmes in HK. It found that HK youth development would benefit from a clearer policy direction and better coordination in allocating resources, and recommended forming a youth policy with principles for youth development and an advisory body.

The Central Committee on Youth (CCY) was set up.

The Central Committee on Youth (CCY) was set up, which in turn formed a Working Party, chaired by Mrs. Rosanna Tam, to examine the need for a youth policy in HK.

1983

HKCSS recommended setting up a Central Coordinating Committee for youth programmes.

The HKCSS's "Position Paper on Children and Youth Services" suggested forming a Central Coordinating Committee to improve the coordination of youth programmes.

1973

CUHK suggested a youth policy to address juvenile delinquency.

The Government commissioned CUHK to investigate the social conditions underlying rising juvenile delinquency. In its report, "The Social Causes of Violent Crimes Among Young Offenders in HK", CUHK recommended having a comprehensive youth policy to set a clear direction for youth services and a consultative committee on youth affairs. These suggestions were not acted upon.

1972
HKCSS formed a Working Group on youth policy.

HKCSS formed a Working Group on youth policy.

The Hong Kong Council of Social Services (HKCSS)'s Working Group, in its draft report, raised the need for a youth policy to provide comprehensive development and training opportunities for young people. It was not endorsed by the HKCSS's Management Committee.

1972
United Nations youth expert, Spergel, advised formulating a youth policy.

United Nations youth expert, Spergel, advised formulating a youth policy.

In Dr. Irving Spergel's report "Planning for Youth Development: The Hong Kong Experience" prepared for the Government, Spergel criticised the lack of a policy direction and coordination, and advised forming a long-term youth policy and setting up a Standing Committee on Social Development of Youth. Spergel's recommendations were not accepted.