1999．第6卷第1期（Vol. 6 No. 1）．pp. 107121
Hong Kong’s Alternative Night Life: Young People on the Streets of Hong Kong
Youth Outreach has been providing an all-night outreaching service to young people on the streets at night since 1992. Young people of all ages are numerous on the streets at night some are as young as seven. Most of these young people begin as "runaways" but gradually progressed to becoming "stay aways" and from there become "gang members." The young people come from all socio-economic strata. The majority is truants or drop outs from school. The task of the outreaching social workers is to offer a supportive and helping relationship to the young people they meet who are not only experiencing the uncertainties of adolescence but also the crisis of struggling to survive on the streets. Current problems and future directions in relations to services for this population examined.