Police work with youth-at-risk : what can social work contribute?

P.K.R. Chun, Y.H. Chui, Yuk Chung Chan, C.H.H. Cheng

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While traditional policing focuses on crime control by law enforcement, the Hong Kong Police Force has increasingly affirmed the importance of multi-agency collaboration and service-orientation in their work. The change provides impetus for venturing on more innovative training for police. The Police Attachment to NGOs Program is an unprecedented tailor-made multi-agency training program for serving police officers in Hong Kong. A series of these training programs were commissioned to the Department of Applied Social Sciences of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. So far, seven rounds of training have been completed. The program consisted of three phases — the pre-attachment induction phase, the attachment phase and the post-attachment deepening phase. The trainees were provided with opportunities to dialog with the social workers and youth-at-risk directly, an experience evaluated by the trainees as stimulating and rewarding. The program also generated benefits to the social workers and the service users of the NGOs because they both could gain better understanding of the police mindset, their work and difficulties. This paper discusses what social work can contribute in police training, including the design of the program, its implementation, and evaluation of its effect. In a way, the training can be regarded as an indirect social work practice from which both the young people and the society can benefit. Since the trained police officers can avoid stereotyping the youth-at-risk and have better collaboration with social workers, this training is able to enhance police work with youth-at-risk.||傳統警務工作重點在於預防罪案和執法。但香港警務處近年不斷强調多機構合作和以服務爲取向的警務工作摸式,爲警務培訓工作提供了革新的的機遇。「青鋒計劃」 (Police Attachment to NGOs Program) 是一項嶄新、具針對性、並强調多機構合作的在職警務培訓項目。計劃可分爲三個部份 —— 導引期,機構體驗期,和深化期。透過與前線社工和邊青直接對話,警務學員普遍認爲這項體驗計劃,獲益良多。另一方面,這計劃也爲參與的社工和邊青帶來了益處。他們表示對警方的工作和難處都增加了認識和諒解。本文章探討社會工作對警務培訓可以作出的供献,包括了培訓的設計,執行和檢討成效。無疑,這項培訓是一項間接的社會工作實踐,社工參與這項培訓,減少警察對邊青定型,促成警務人員和前線社工在處理邊青問題上的互相了解,對各方都有益處。
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-48
Number of pages18
JournalThe Hong Kong journal of social work (香港社會工作學報)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Police training
  • Social work
  • Attachment to NGOs
  • Youth-at-risk
  • Service-orientation
  • Dialog


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