What is Family Life Education?

Family life education (FLE) is a form of community education, both preventive and developmental in nature, intended to arouse the awareness of the public on the importance of family life. The main objectives are to prevent family and social problems, to promote harmonious human relationship and to help families function effectively. In Hong Kong, FLE is one of the major services rendered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) in conjunction with non-governmental organizations since 1979.

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Philosophy

The basic philosophy in providing FLE Service arises from the recognition that family is the primary socializing agent through which an individual grows into adulthood, and that the integrity of the family has significant effect on the healthy development of individuals, both physically and mentally. A stable and progressive society is composed of such healthy and responsible individuals who are nurtured and brought up in happy families.
The rapid social changes in Hong Kong have greatly affected the structure and functions of families. In view of the increasing number of marriage breakdown, single-parent families, and youth problems, it is considered necessary to put greater effort to help individuals and families adjust themselves in the wake of a rapidly developing community.

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Objectives
  1. To enhance family functioning by helping the families fulfill the developmental tasks at different stages of the family life cycle, adapt to changes and cope with special needs and stresses.
  2. To strengthen family relationship by enhancing family members' self-understanding, helping them foster harmonious relationships with different members in the family, and assisting them to fulfill their roles and responsibilities.
  3. To prevent family breakdown by equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills in coping with changing roles and demands in life, and developing a proper attitude towards their responsibilities in family.
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Service Content

FLE is targeted at imparting proper knowledge, skills and attitude to the public concerning the developmental paths of the individual and his family in the form of talks, seminars, exhibitions, workshops, skill training and mass media programmes etc. The programmes in general cover the following contents:

  1. Basic human needs, growth and behavior, e.g. physical, social and psychological characteristics of each developmental stage;
  2. Human roles and relationships, e.g. marital relationship, parent-child relationship, parenthood and friendship;
  3. Sex education and responsibility in sex, e.g. difference between the two sex, attitude towards sex, human reproduction and family planning; and
  4. Home management and health education, e.g. family budgeting, home safety and mental health.
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Target Groups

The whole population was considered the target of FLE service when the service was first introduced in 1979. The White Paper on Social Welfare into the 1990s and Beyond later specified the age range of service recipients to be between 10 and 50 years old. After the refocusing of FLE service in early 1994, married couples have been included as one of the principal target groups of the service. At present, the principal target groups of FLE are :

  1. Adolescents
  2. Couples-to-be
  3. Parents-to-be
  4. Married couples
  5. Parents

Apart from the above 5 principal target groups, FLE has also started to serve those people / family at risk to meet the needs of the society.

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Service Delivery

FLE service is delivered to the public through programmes and activities organized by FLE workers. Two broad strategies are commonly employed in the delivery of FLE service in Hong Kong, namely promotional strategies and educational strategies.

  1. The purpose of promotional strategies is to cultivate public awareness, to convey to the public "what is" and "why" there is family life education and to arouse their interest in the service through the mass media, promotional programmes and other means of publicity.
  2. Educational strategies aim at helping individuals acquire knowledge and skill in handling family affairs and problems at different stages of the family life. These usually take the form of lectures, workshops, training courses, family camps and group activities.
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Centre Information
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Address: 24/F., Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong.
(Wanchai MTR Station Exit A4 turn Left)
Tel: 2835 1949
Fax: 2572 2248
Email: flercenq@swd.gov.hk

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday:

8:45am - 6:00pm

Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays:

Closed

Library

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Books, magazines and reference materials relating to FLE are kept in the library for reading and for loan . (for all members)