Keyword: Social Work

The story of China's first food bank

The story of China’s first food bank

Editor’s Note This is a summary of a report published by the 世界说 WeChat account on the 12th of June 2020. See here for the original.   China’s first food bank, the “Oasis Charity” (绿洲公益), was founded seven years ago by Li Bing, a retired worker. Its main purpose is to deliver “excess” food to those who need it. The food bank’s main activity, called “Love Food Pack” (爱心食物包), provides 120 yuan worth of food packs to families in need each month with their agreement. In addition to oil and rice, it also includes other food donated by various companies to help these families save money and use it for medical care. As …read more

31 fake social organizations closed down in Beijing

31 fake social organizations closed down in Beijing

According to a report by the 北京社会建设和民政 WeChat account, run by Beijing’s Civil Affairs Bureau, a total of 31 fake social organizations had been disbanded in Beijing from the start of the year until the end of May 2020. The report includes a list of the 31 organizations that were closed down. “Social organizations” is a broad administrative category which includes charitable groups as well as various other kinds of nonprofits and associations. According to the report, the fake social organizations often use names that start with words like “China” and “international”, or they appropriate the names of Chinese government organs or of government initiatives like the “Belt and Road” or …read more

Shanghai launches initiative to encourage social organizations to recruit graduates

Shanghai launches initiative to encourage social organizations to recruit graduates

Shanghai’s Civil Affairs department has released a notice encouraging social organizations to employ college graduates, and laying out various supporting policies for college graduates who want to enter the charity sector. The notice states that when social organizations, private non-enterprise units, foundations and other social organizations in the city recruit college graduates with a Shanghai hukou who are being employed for the first time and are within two years of graduation, they can apply for the social insurance subsidy if they sign a labor contract for more than a year. Shanghai will also recruit around thirty assistants to the directors of the Social Organization Service Centers of towns and subdistricts among college students …read more

Social workers spurred into action against coronavirus

The present time is a critical period for the prevention and control of the pneumonia outbreaks linked to the new coronavirus. As an important part of the social forces and the professional and technical personnel engaged in specialized social service work, the majority of social workers are actively involved in epidemic prevention and related work. China’s “Charity Times” recently reported on the efforts made nationally to organize social workers to participate in the struggle against the epidemic. As the respected outlet reported, the China Social Work Federation has released the “Proposal to National Social Workers” and the “Manual for Social Workers for Pneumonia Prevention and Control of the New Coronavirus …read more

New TV show starring actors with cognitive impairments a hit with social workers

A TV show called “Unforgettable Restaurant” (忘不了餐厅), jointly produced by Tencent Video, Hengdun Media and Cannes Film and Television, has recently become very popular with China’s social workers. The main characters of the show are Huang Wei (the store manager), Song Zuer (the deputy store manager), Zhang Yuankun (the assistant) together with five elderly waiters who suffer from mild cognitive impairments. They form an “unforgettable family” and jointly run a restaurant in Shenzhen. The reason this show has attracted so much attention from social workers is not only the theme, but also the fact that social workers from Beijing’s Chenghejing (a centre that deals with caring for the elderly, and particularly those affected …read more

Eight highlights of the 2019 Government Work Report: social groups, social work, and philanthropy

  China’s 13th National People’s Congress opened its second session on the morning of March 5th at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Premier Li Keqiang delivered the government work report at the meeting. A report from the “Charity Times” (公益时报), China’s most respected publication on the philanthropic sector, summarized eight points from the work report which will have a significant impact on the development of the philanthropical sector. 1. Social forces will receive more attention. The report mentions “supporting the social forces to increase the supply of non-basic public services” for the first time. The reason is clearly that, due to the heavy pressure on the balance …read more

Goodlytrees: a New Approach to Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation

Goodlytrees: a New Approach to Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation

A look at the work done by Goodlytrees, an organization that helps to rehabilitate children with cerebral palsy, a condition especially prevalent in China’s more remote rural areas.

Draft of new regulations on government procurement of services released

The Ministry of Finance publicly released the draft version of the “Government Procurement of Services Management Measures” on the 26th of June in order to gather public feedback. It is a common part of the Chinese legislative process for the government to release a draft version of a law or regulation for public consultation, so it can gather feedback from the public and interested parties. Up to now, the government policies in this field was based on a temporary version of the Measures. A report by the Charity Times summarizes the major policy changes which the draft version seems to portend, and explains what they will mean for charitable organizations. …read more

Charity work programs for school children on the increase in China

Charity work programs for school children on the increase in China

Over the past few years, it has become more and more popular for students in China to engage in charity work and social service. Although the Chinese educational system is still more focused on examination scores, volunteering and social activities could be included in the curriculum the future, as required by the reform itinerary of the high school and university entrance examinations. In 2017, the Ministry of Education issued the Guiding Principles of Junior High and Elementary School’s Comprehensive Practical Activity Course, listing social services as a major way of carrying out practical activities, requiring students to take part in charity work and volunteer services through this course. A recent example of …read more

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A Chronicle of the Struggle Against Domestic Violence in China (1990-2017)

A chronicle of all the major milestones since 1990 in the battle to make China’s legal system more responsive to the victims of domestic violence.

Average wage of social workers in Shenzhen expected to increase

Bureau of Civil Affairs in Shenzhen released on last Thursday a policy draft on social work to solicit public opinions. Titled “Several Measures for Facilitating the Development of Social Work (Consultation Paper)” , the draft has proposed concrete solutions to the problems that exist in the development of social work in Shenzhen. Back in 2007, Shenzhen was the first city in China that set forth a series of documents to help train social work talents and advance the development of social work. 10 years have gone and social work in Shenzhen has enjoyed a significant success. However, with the change of society and the emergence of new demands in the …read more

Annual report on the development of voluntary services in China (2017) released

The China Volunteer Service Federation and the Social Sciences Academic Press published the “Blue Book of Voluntary Service: Annual Report on the Development of Voluntary Services in China (2017)” on November 9. The China Volunteer Service Federation led the composition of the report. More than 40 experts and scholars in the field of volunteer services participated in the compilation, which lasted one year and three months. The report is nearly 300,000 words long and includes five parts: the main report, features, practices, references and appendixes. It provides a comprehensive analysis regarding the annual development of volunteer work from various perspectives and multiple dimensions; it is also the first industry report …read more

Child development program initiated in Yunnan province

Child development program initiated in Yunnan province

A community based child-development program has been initiated in Yiliang county, Zhaotong prefecture-level city, Yunnan Province, by the Fujian Industrial Charitable Foundation in cooperation with Heart to Heart Community Care. The prefecture is considered to be one of the poorest in China, and it is almost entirely agricultural. Heart to Heart Community Care (HHCC) is a non-profit based in Kunming which provides services to migrant workers and their families. According to HHCC, over 70% of children in Yiliang are left-behind, meaning that their parents live and work elsewhere and rarely get a chance to come home and look after them. Most of these children are looked after by their grandparents, …read more

Artist from Chengdu volunteers in Chile's slums

Artist from Chengdu volunteers in Chile’s slums

Icy Tan is a freelance illustrator from Chengdu who currently lives in Santiago, Chile, and actively works as an art volunteer. She has lived there for over half a year, learning art therapy at a local NGO and helping people at homeless shelters and rehabilitation centres to express their emotions through drawing. The word “slum” often evokes images of crime, drugs and squalor, and Icy works in one of the most notorious slums in Chile, La Chimba, located in the northern city of Antofagasta. During an interview with CityZine (城市画报), Icy told the interviewer that the people she met at the neighbourhood’s shelters and rehabilitation centers were far less intimidating than …read more

Comics explain social work to Chinese audiences

Comics explain social work to Chinese audiences

China’s State Council recently approved the “Announcement on the List of National Professional Qualifications”, published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; a total of 140 professions are included in the list, and for the first time social work is one of them. In response to this piece of news, a teacher from Sichuan International Studies University named Xiaoyan has drawn a series of comics explaining what “social work” is, what it does, what methods are used to carry it out and the reasons why people choose to get involved in it. Below are the comics themselves, with our rough translations beneath them.   1. What is social work? …read more

Government issues guidance on social workers involved in the protection of rural left-behind children

The Ministries of Civil Affairs, Education and Finance, the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League and the All-China Women’s Federation have jointly issued the “Guidance on how to make best use of social work professionals in the protection of rural left-behind children”. The guidance puts forward a series of policies and measures to support and guide social work professionals that work for the protection of rural left-behind children. The Guidance clearly defines the main tasks of social work professionals working with left-behind children: 1) assisting in the rescue and protection work; 2) carrying out family education guidance; 3) actively providing social care services. In response to the issues of …read more

How to Ensure the Sustainability of Poverty Alleviation?

How to Ensure the Sustainability of Poverty Alleviation?

This article by CASS researcher Xun Lili explores China’s recent efforts to alleviate poverty from the perspectives of sustainability and empowerment.

What’s wrong with China’s system for recruiting social workers?

A recent article published in Southern Weekly discusses the problems in China’s current system of social worker recruitment. The author, a social work professor from Beijing Normal University, points out three major challenges. First of all, the “package” model through which such services are purchased hinders social work’s continuity, since an entire program and staff will be replaced when a new program is purchased, nullifying the work of the previous team; this can also hurt the receivers of the services, which further harms the professional image of the social work sector; from the perspective of developing competent professionals, the package model of service purchase can also have a negative impact …read more