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Babies Section


Babies Section was registered in 1978 in accordance with Child Care Services Ordinance.


  • To provide out-of-home care for children aged 0 to 3 who are not adequately cared for by their families due primarily to various family problems or crises.
  • To provide a stable, safe and nurturing living environment to enhance children’s growth and development, and designed balanced programme to foster the physical, intellectual, language, social and emotional development of the children.
  • To provide social work services to meet individual needs and prepare children for home restoration or alternative placement.



Target Group

  • Age limit: 0 to 3
  • Children without severe emotional disturbance, severe behavioural problem, very complicated health condition, physical or mental handicap.

Service Content

  • Children to be arranged to settle in 3 wards for different age groups.
  • 24-hour comprehensive care with arrangement for personal care routine and living schedule appropriate to the age and needs of the children.
  • A variety of programmes on care-giving, play, exploratory and learning activities to be designed meet the various developmental needs of children while seasonal celebrating programmes to be implemented.
  • Sufficient and nutritious food including milk products, meal and refreshments appropriate to the age and needs of the children.
  • Casework to be provided by registered social workers to keep regular review of individual child’s development progress and prepare children for home restoration/alternative placement.
  • On-site medical consultation to be provided by doctors regularly.  Otherwise, medical consultations with nearby government clinics, private practitioners or A & E units of government hospitals to be arranged.


  • Free meals and lodging.
  • Parents/guardians to be responsible for their children's clothings, school fees and/or schooling expenses according to actual expenditure.
  • For ward cases of the Director of Social Welfare, the Social Welfare Department (SWD to be responsible for the wards’ clothings, school fees and/or schooling expenses according to actual expenses.

Short-term Care Service

  • Placement for less than 3 months
  • Free of charge
  • Simplified admission procedures
  • Criteria and other details of service are same as long-term placement

Application of Service

Applications are referred by the SWD or social service units of non-governmental organisations through SWD Central Referral System for Residential Child Care Service (CRSRC).

Termination of Service

  • Can be initiated by Babies Section or service users.
  • There should be prior discussions between both parties and together with referring worker on welfare plan.  All parties are required to complete necessary formalities for formal discharge.