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A Bit of Our History
The late 1980s of Hong Kong witnessed the withering away of the extended family, and with the changing of the economic fundamentals, more and more families find that a double payroll is the only means to survive. Against Child Abuse saw the need to address the serious problem of children left unattended while their parents are working or involved in other activities. As a result a concern group was set up with other professionals in the community. On the other hand, there was also a growing awareness among its members that the problems confronting our children are of a complex and multi-dimensional nature; and, therefore, a strategic and comprehensive plan is required.
In 1992 the group renamed itself as the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights (under the auspices of Against Child Abuse). A major goal then was to lobby for extension of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to the territory. In conjunction with Against Child Abuse, the Committee organized a series of activities aiming to promote the concept of children's rights. With the extension of the Convention to Hong Kong in September 1994, the work of the Committee took on a new dimension.
With effect from 28th December 1995, the Hong Kong Committee on children's Rights is officially an independent organization. Now the Committee operates in an independent address under the roof of a charming heritage building in the Western District of Hong Kong, we also serve as the secretariat office of Kids' Dream - Hong Kong's first child-led organization that focused on promoting children's rights with children's efforts. Together with Against Child Abuse, we provide secretarial and mentorship support to Kids' Dream to help it grow.
You can find out more about the latest development of the Hong Kong Committee on Children's Rights in our Annual Reports.