What is Children's Council?
Hong Kong's Children's Council began in 2002. Every year, 60 children and youth below the age of 18 are recruited to become Child Councilors. During the project, Child Councilors learnt about children's rights; and systematically collected the views from children and adults in society. Through a democratic system, Child Councilors bring the voices of children into the Council, present and discuss motions relating to children for government's and community's consideration. The Children's Council project has successfully organized in the past seven years; and it has become a channel for children to participate in the civil society; enrich children's understanding of their own rights and responsibilities; as well as allow them to voice out on matters of their concern. Through these years, various motions closely related to children had been discussed. Please refer to Archives
Do I need to have knowledge on children's rights before joining the Children's Council?
No, you don't need to have knowledge on children's rights before joining the Children's Council. We will introduce children's rights step by step during the training programmes of the project.
What is the age limit for the programme?
We welcome applicants aged between 12 – under 18 years old (as on the day of the Children's Council Meeting) to join us.
How can I join?
Please refer to How to be a Child Councilor
Can I join the Children's Council if I am a child with disability?
Of course! We will choose suitable venues for activities. We will also try our best to provide assistance to facilitate your smooth participation.
Can I join the project if Chinese is not my first language?
Of course! All our documents and training materials in the project are bilingual, with both Chinese and English translations. We will also provide simultaneous interpretation service on the day of the Children's Council Meeting. However, the key to success lies on the mutual respect, understanding and communication among the Child Councilors. Only with these can we overcome language barrier in a project.
Is there any charge for the project?
The Children's Council project is free of charge. On top of that, participants with good performance and attendance will be granted with transport subsidies at the end of the project to cover the travelling expenses during the project.
Do I need to attend all activities listed in the project?
All successful recruited and selected Child Councilors must attend all activities listed in the project schedule. Only participants with good performance and attendance will be issued with a certificate at the end of the project.