Before making application, pay attention to the following notes:
1. Coroner Inquest
According to the "Coroners Ordinance" (Cap 504), where a subject dies whilst under guardianship, a coroner shall hold an inquest into the death and may need post-mortem examination.
Guardian should notify the Director of Social Welfare not later than 14 days after the subject's death; also to report the death to the Coroner via the Commissioner of Police, and immediately inform the hospital of the subject's guardianship status in order that the funeral can be arranged smoothly.
2. Must co-operate in investigation
Social Welfare Department need to conduct a full and complete investigation on each guardianship application (irrespective of the stated grounds) and file a report. Applicant and family members should fully co-operate with the reporting officer and provide all relevant information (include finances) of subject.
3. Case follow-up after granting of a Guardianship Order
A social worker of the Social Welfare Department will be assigned to follow up a guardianship case until the Order is discharged. Private guardian must fully co-operate with the case social worker and provide all relevant information (e.g. accommodation, finances and medical) to the case social worker under the period of Order. The case social worker will visit the subject each month and the guardian should have regular meetings and keep contacts with the case social worker and provide reports every month (including monthly accounts and all relevant information).
4. Financial Power is very limited
It is only allowed to use a specified sum on a strictly monthly basis for the maintenance of subject only.
5. Sufficient postage ensures successful delivery
Underpaid mail items which are subject to surcharge by Hongkong Post will not be accepted by the Guardianship Board. For effective and timely delivery of your mail items to the Guardianship Board, please ensure that sufficient postage is paid and return address is appended before posting mail items. All underpaid mail items will not be accepted by the Guardianship Board and will be handled by Hongkong Post in accordance with their established procedures.
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