The 2nd International Conference on Outreach Work: Drug Abuse, Hidden Youth & Signature Programmes

Monday June 10, 2019 to Thursday June 13, 2019
Hong Kong

The 2nd International Conference on Outreach Work (OSW 2019)

“Drug Abuse, Hidden Youth & Signature Programmes”

10 – 13 June 2019


Outreach work has long been developed worldwide as a community based service which aims to reach out and establish contact proactively with marginalized young people and provide them with appropriate support. This is done outside the office, within environments where young people are associated frequently, such as streets, railway stations, shopping malls, etc. In some countries/cities, outreach work is treated as an umbrella term encompassing diverse methods and working approaches (e.g. street work and detached work) of supporting young people with varying needs in different contexts. 


In Hong Kong, the outreach social work service has accumulated nearly 40 years of experience in quality practice. Its coverage is comprehensive, including District Youth Outreach Work Service (daytime service), Overnight Outreach Service for Young Night Drifters (midnight service) and Pilot Cyber Youth Outreach Projects (online service). The active outreach approach is also widely employed by different services, e.g. Counselling Centres for Psychotropic Substance Abusers (CCPSAs), Community Support Service Scheme (CSSS) for young people with minor offences and the Police Superintendent's Discretion Scheme, to reach out and engage marginalized young people in their own environment.


By drawing together insights and knowledge from different fields and disciplines, the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences of City University of Hong Kong organizes the 2nd International Conference on Outreach Work, in Hong Kong from 10 – 13 June 2019. The Conference aims is to explore new possibilities and initiatives with the theme "Drug Abuse, Hidden Youth and Signature Youth Programmes".     


The four-day Conference offers an opportunity to put a global perspective on relevant societal issues. This important gathering provides a platform for policy-makers, academics, local communities, civil society, social entrepreneurs, and NGOs from around the world, especially the Asia-Pacific and Greater China region, to promote research in youth studies and outreach works, to share best-practices, to foster services, as well as to provide education and training for agencies that work with marginalized youth.  


Following the success of previous conference that attracted more than 400 participants from over 20 countries and territories in 2015, OSW 2019 is expecting a wide range of attendees including international academics, frontline workers and social welfare organizations to attend this event. Please visit: for further details.


Professor Wing Lo

Head, Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences 

Chair, OSW 2019 Organizing Committee

City University of Hong Kong