The fundamental principle of the Government’s family policy is to recognise and promulgate that the family is the cornerstone of our society. The objective of our family policy is to enhance family harmony with a view to building a harmonious community and alleviating social problems. This may be further elaborated as promoting family core values, engendering a culture of loving families and creating/supporting a general pro-family environment. In order to achieve the objective of the family policy, the key policy measures adopted by the Government include –

  • establishing the Family Council in 2007 to provide a cross-sector and cross-bureau platform to study and address family-related problems with a view to providing high-level steer and advice, and fostering effective coordination and collaboration to maximize efforts and achieve synergy;

  • with effect from 1 April 2013, the established approach of including family perspectives in the policy-making process is further enhanced by introducing a mandatory assessment of family implications and impact on family for all policies. Relevant assessment is included in all policy submissions and Legislative Council briefs. Bureaux/departments are encouraged to consult the Family Council on new policies which carry family implications; and

  • to implement the new initiatives and to strengthen its advisory role, the Family Council is re-constituted under a new non-official Chairman with effect from 1 April 2013. The Chief Executive has appointed Professor Daniel Shek Tan-lei as the new non-official Chairman of the Family Council.


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