The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS)

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service is a federation of non-government social service agencies of Hong Kong. We were established in 1947 with the aim to plan and coordinate large scale relief works and social welfare after the Second World War. In 1951, we became a statuary body under the ordinance, chapter 1057.

The Council has since become an essential partner of the Hong Kong Government in social welfare and development. Today we represent more than 430 Agency Members, providing over 90% of the social welfare service through their 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong.


To build a social service sector that is highly accountable, efficient, effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term sustainable development of society and the well-being of our citizens.


Sustainable solutions and the development of society require in-depth and reliable researches. Our core businesses include policy research and advocacy, sector development, service development, and public engagement and partnership. In addition to NGOs and the government, we also work with companies, professional bodies and social enterprises.

Essentially, we are a platform of resources and solutions to social development problems. We strive to recommend the most appropriate policies that are well-researched with adequate data and facts. Research results are reviewed and discussed among our fellow members and stakeholders of all backgrounds.

Our current research and advocacy focus include poverty, social security, employment, housing and social development. Our Poverty and Social Security unit is a dedicated team working on poverty issues, and the Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship is established to promote social enterprise.