However, the mainland is now learning hard from its Hong Kong counterpart. Following the management system of HK, Shanghai is going to train a fresh batch of Social Work Supervisors. The program, which will take three years to complete, is seen as a professional management training course.
Staff members of the Pudong Association of Social Workers [Courtesy of Pudong Association of Social Workers]
The Pudong Association of Social Workers is also introducing their experience to the inland regions, like, Kashgar in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. However, expansion is not that easy, Xie said, as the government officials question why they should spend the extra money on social workers when the government, they argue, is capable of ensuring the overall welfare for people.
"But actually they may not be able to do so," Xie said. "For instance, when a government tries to build easy access for seniors in apartment buildings as a social welfare project, they would just [build it]. But for us, we would interview the seniors in advance and eventually find what they need is not easy accesses, but rather the handles in their bathrooms."