USJ 2022 World Social Worker Day activities – “Start Anew – Ex-offenders Service Exchange event”
USJ 2022 World Social Worker Day activities - "Start Anew - Ex-offenders Service Exchange event"
The World Social Work Day activities were jointly organised by the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the Macao Federation of Trade Unions at the Youth Centre of Macao Federation of Trade Unions on 14 May, 2022.
The World Social Work Day activities, jointly organised by the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) and the Macao Federation of Trade Unions, were held at the Youth Centre of Macao Federation of Trade Unions on 14 May, 2022.
This year’s World Social Work Day 2022 theme is Co-building a New Eco-Social World: Leaving No One Behind. More than 70 social workers, social work students and ex-offenders were in attendance. The day began with a play created by social work students which highlighted the importance of ex-offenders in family relationships, social worker support and being accepted in community. USJ Prof. Helen Liu, presented on the USJ’s Prison Outreach Programme, which she coordinates. Those in attendance then had the opportunity to hear from ex-offenders share their experiences and difficulties of re-entering society. After a lively discussion with government officials, representatives of ex-offenders service groups, and social workers present, it was concluded that Macao needs to continue to support the service work of ex-offenders. The organizers hope to promote the long-term development of relevant services and to attract society’s attention to the services of ex-offenders.
The following guests were in attendance: Ip Sio Mei, Director of Department of Social Reintegration of Social Work Bureau of Macao SAR Government; Ho Sio Mei, Director of Social Assistance, Education & Training Division of Correctional Services Bureau, Macao SAR Government; Pastor Wong Sio Kao, Macau Christian Prison Ministries; Chio Chong Kin, President of Noah Family Mutual Aid Association; Leong Wai Fong. Vice President of Macao Federation of Trade Unions; Prof. Jacky Ho, Programme Coordinator of USJ Faculty of Social Sciences and Education.