Meet the team: Ruth Jackson

PathFinders’ Senior Child Protection Specialist, joined PathFinders last year

What is your role?

My job is to make sure that we prioritise the best interests of the child. I supervise our child protection cases, working with our social workers to identify child-related issues of concern and to ensure that we follow best practice by following up appropriately and in a timely manner.

What does a success look like?

Success is when a family can reach an end point where they have clearly moved past their challenges, and are equipped with the tools to parent and manage their family successfully. It involves a lot of hard work with the entire family. If that point isn’t reached after a certain time, we need to explore other solutions. 

What recommendations do you have to improve the lives of the babies and children you help?

In Hong Kong, a child could be in care from birth all the way to 18. This isn’t good enough. Ideally a long-term plan should be produced within 3 months of a child entering care. I would like to see a centralised child protection unit with clear, concrete policies. The children PathFinders helps often get stuck in institutionalised care because of their immigration status and a fragmented child care system. I want to see real change for children in care in Hong Kong. Every child deserves to be part of a family and to have a fair start in life.