What is Social Inclusion? An inclusive society involves everyone being aware of people’s similarities and differences and being sensitive to diversity, stereotypes and discrimination.
Social inclusion is the awareness and effort from everyone to realize children’s diversity and rights and ensure their participation and equal opportunity, regardless of their ability or background. It also depends on the efforts of individuals to fight against all forms of exclusion and discrimination, and establish a caring and inclusive society.
In 1994, Hong Kong signed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, not all children benefit from the protection promised by this instrument.
Unfortunately, there is currently no measure of child integration and social exclusion in Hong Kong. There is also a lack of accurate data and statistics reflecting how children with disabilities live. As a result, there is no relevant government policy to meet the needs of these children.
Of the 1.1 million children aged 19 or under in Hong Kong (Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, 2021):
These are the children that TREATS seeks to work with.