A 12-year-old boy begged the Social Welfare Department (SWD) not to place him in a care home near his “abusive” mother.
A spokesman for the SWD said it received a letter from the boy and sent social workers to meet with him, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The boy’s wish will be respected, the spokesman said, adding his stay at the current children’s home has been extended.
Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong said the boy did not want to be relocated to a children’s facility that is only 10 minutes’ walking distance from his home because he is afraid that he will once again be disturbed by his mother.
According to the boy’s teacher, he comes from a dysfunctional family. His mother used to beat him up often and badly and even threatened him with a knife while his sister was raped by his father, Apple Daily reports.
After a long period of domestic violence, the boy, who has symptoms of slow learning and has a brain tumor, was placed in a children’s home on Hong Kong Island in April, only to be told recently that he would be moved to a facility near his home.
Kwong told a press conference on Wednesday that the relocation is against the boy’s will.
Kwong accused the department of putting the boy at risk of domestic violence again by relocating him to a residential home for children and juveniles near his home in Wong Tai Sin.
The boy had asked the SWD in an open letter not to relocate him but was refused, according to the teacher, who said the department issued him a warning letter to accept the arrangement.
Calling the case only the tip of the iceberg, Kwong said the SWD underestimated the seriousness of the situation, adding there are many victims of domestic violence that are unable to get help because the problem is not treated seriously enough.
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