Child abuse in Hong Kong

By Published March 30, 2022

A spotlight has been thrown on child abuse in Hong Kong since the arrest of more than 30 employees at a scandal-hit child protection group and allegations of assaults on toddlers at a Mong Kok residential home. Elsewhere in the city, child abuse often goes unreported, meaning that Hong Kong government statistics show just the tip of the iceberg.

Types of abuse

Any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs the physical/psychological health and development of an individual under the age of 18 is considered child abuse.

Child abuse often goes unreported

Hong Kong reported 940 and 1,367 child abuse cases in 2020 and 2021 respectively. Hong Kong’s Child Protection Registry estimates that for every case, 99 are unreported. In 65 per cent of cases, the parent is the abuser.

In Hong Kong, social workers and child protection groups reported a rise in child abuse cases during the pandemic, with more children falling victim to neglect and harm. Authorities speculate the increase could be linked to the pandemic’s pressures on people.


Maltreatment of a child causes extreme stress that can impair the development of the nervous and immune systems. Consequently, adults who were maltreated as children are at increased risk for behavioural, physical and mental health problems such as ...

Creative Director Adolfo Arranz
Edited by Andrew London

Sources: Social Welfare Department, World Health Organisation

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