Keyword: Social Work

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

Selfless American Teaches Children in Rural Gansu Province for 17 Years

Selfless American Teaches Children in Rural Gansu Province for 17 Years

The story of American teacher David Deems, who has been teaching and collecting donations for local schools in a remote area of Western China for the past 17 years.

Purported dissolving of social work undergraduate program by Sun Yat-sen University stirs concern

Purported dissolving of social work undergraduate program by Sun Yat-sen University stirs concern

Earlier this week the headmaster of Sun Yat-sen University announced the closing of the university’s social work undergraduate program, igniting alarm from students and netizens. In response to the school’s announcement to dissolve the program, students wrote an open letter to the headmaster expressing their disappointment. On May 6, the headmaster responded to upset students, saying “Sun Yat-sen University’s social work undergraduate program will temporarily halt enrollment beginning this fall semester.” This comes after the school has begun an overhaul in its enrollment procedures, but many students noted that “temporarily halting” and “enrollment reform” are not the same thing. As for the decision to dissolve the program and the future of current …read more

China to host Asia’s largest social work conference

China to host Asia’s largest social work conference

On April 20, the “The Preparation Meeting for the 24th Asia-Pacific Joint Regional Social Work Conference ” was convened in Shenzhen. The Conference is to be held on September 26-29, 2017 which will mark the first time that the International Federation of Social Workers of Asia-Pacific (IFSW Asia-Pacific) chose China to host the event. The president of China Association of Social Workers Gong Puguang spoke at the preparation meeting along with Jin Li, the deputy secretary general of the association. The conference was attended by the director of Shenzhen’s Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau, Liao Yuanfei and many other leaders from Shenzhen area. At the third session of the Conference in 2015, China expressed interest in holding …read more

A Shared Future: the Chinese Volunteers Helping Syrian Refugees

A Shared Future: the Chinese Volunteers Helping Syrian Refugees

The story of two Peking University students who went to Gaziantep, a Turkish city near the border with Syria, as volunteers to assist the numerous Syrian refugees there.

Women's Rights in China – an Interview with Feng Yuan

Women’s Rights in China – an Interview with Feng Yuan

An interview with veteran Chinese feminist Feng Yuan on women’s rights in China.

Rural governments to welcome social workers and social organizations

Social workers and social organizations are predominantly clustered in Chinese cities, where it is easier for them to develop due to the concentration of resources and government support. Chinese urbanites currently enjoy a higher level of social services than those in the countryside, where demand for these services often goes unmet. In response, the General Office of the State Council and the General Office of the CPC Central Committee recently issued a report called “Ideas on Strengthening Rural Government Services, Functions and Establishments”, which repeatedly mentions the importance of social organizations and social workers in the countryside. The report points out that there are three main reasons why now is a …read more

The Chinese Charity Sector's Top 10 News Stories in 2016

The Chinese Charity Sector’s Top 10 News Stories in 2016

This article, translated from China’s Charity Times, lists the top 10 news stories to come out of the country’s charity sector in 2016. From incidents of fake fundraising to litigations on air pollution, these are the stories most representative of the changes that Chinese charity is going through.

Overseas NGOs' online registration handbook (Version 1.0)

Overseas NGOs’ online registration handbook (Version 1.0)

Following the implementation of the Overseas NGO Law, the Ministry of Public Security has now created a handbook for overseas NGOs in China that want to register online. We have translated it into English.

The problems of social work in small cities—some reflections from Binzhou, Shandong Province

The problems of social work in small cities—some reflections from Binzhou, Shandong Province

A young social worker from the city of Binzhou provides us with some interesting reflections on the problems her sector faces in small and medium-sized cities across China

Working towards an AIDS-free generation in China

According to statistics from China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people living with HIV in China had reached 654,000 by September 2016. About 94.2% of the new cases were transmitted through sexual behaviour. Wang Yu, the director of CDC, warned that although the overall infection rate is not high, the situation concerning HIV/AIDS in China remains serious. On November 30th the Towards an AIDS Free Generation charity event was held for the third consecutive year to celebrate World AIDS Day under the theme of “joining forces for HIV prevention”. Blued Charity co-hosted the event with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health …read more

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex Toilets in China: the Debate

Unisex public toilets are appearing in a number of Chinese cities. They can be seen as a way of providing more equality of service to women, and of being inclusive of those who don’t fit into the gender binary. This article from the China News website discusses the meaning of adopting such toilets, and the debate that has arisen around this issue.

Forum calls for social forces to participate in the preservation of cultural relics

Forum calls for social forces to participate in the preservation of cultural relics

The first forum for social forces involved in the protection of cultural relics was held by the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CFCHC) and Guangming Daily in Beijing on November 3rd. The policies, mechanisms and legislation for the involvement of social forces in the conservation of cultural relics were discussed during the forum. Representatives of charitable foundations, grassroots social organizations, state social organizations, academics and volunteers in related fields all attended. The deputy chief editor of Guangming Daily gave a speech at the forum. He said that every generation should be and must be the protector of historical relics, so that cultural heritage can be handed over to the …read more

400 missing people found through the Headline Person Finder

400 missing people found through the Headline Person Finder

A couple of missing twin boys were found through the Headline Person Finder on October 25th, becoming the 399th and 400th people to be rescued through this charitable project. The platform is run by a media outlet called 今日头条 (Headlines Today). Unlike some other platforms that focus exclusively on looking for children, the Headline Person Finder aims to find missing people of all ages. Out of the 400 people who have currently been found through the platform, 224 are adults with mental disorders, 147 are elderly people over the age of 60, and only 29 are juveniles. Missing adults constitute the largest group, with most of them being found after turning …read more