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BWP088 - Certificate in PDP on Prevention and Handling of Unruly and Delinquent Behaviours in Schools
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Certificate in PDP on Prevention and Handling of Unruly and Delinquent Behaviours in Schools
Programme Code BWP088
Mode of Study Full-time Block Release
Duration 5 Weeks
Venue North Point Study Centre
Programme Co-ordinator Dr Lee Tsz Lok Trevor
Programme Enquiries Miss Annie Wu 2948 7610

Programme Aims

This programme aims to help in-service primary and secondary school teachers to:

  • review different theories on student guidance and discipline;
  • understand the common factors contributing to students' behavioural problems;
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of teachers in dealing with students' disciplinary problems;
  • identify and assess students' behavioural problems;
  • develop strategies for handling the major types of students' problems;
  • develop a whole school approach to guidance and discipline;
  • enhance the skills to communicate with parents on handling students’ behavioural problems; and
  • collaborate with other stake holders and social agencies to prevent and combat delinquent behaviour of students.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises the following three core courses of 3 credit points each:

Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency and its Prevention

This course intends to explore how juvenile delinquency has been understood and can be prevented. Participants will be introduced to the nature and different contexts of juvenile delinquency, specifically in the areas of why and how delinquent behaviours occur and how various social agencies, including school and the criminal justice system, have responded to it. In the course, particular emphasis will be put to revisit different social interaction theories in the prevention aspect of juvenile delinquency problems.

Understanding Juvenile Justice System

This course aims to build the participants’ understanding of the Legal System in Hong Kong, in relation to the Criminal Justice System, with a major focus on the Juvenile Justice System. Course participants will be directed from a broad view of Rule of Law to Rule By Law and then to examine about the definition of law and how it is effected upon general public. There will be an introduction of the functions and operations of the court and the punitive system in Hong Kong. The roles and responsibilities of  teachers in the related investigation will also be explored.

Prevailing Juvenile Delinquent Problems in Hong Kong

This course aims to introduce a broad understanding of prevailing juvenile delinquent problems in Hong Kong to the course participants. The course content will be focused on the practical aspect of prevention and handling of selected unruly and delinquent behaviours of youngsters in relation to particular youth problems commonly seen in Hong Kong which includes stealing, violence acts, bullying/cyber bullying, cyber addiction, drug addiction and substance abuse, sex-related problems, suicide, etc. The course places emphasis on the analysis on the background, causes and possible solutions for such selected unruly and delinquent behaviours, how the social reaction helps to combat the problems.

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese (Cantonese) and will be supplemented by English where appropriate.

Programme Duration

Cohort(s) Period of Study
1 15 April to 18 May 2024

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  • in-service teachers in primary, secondary or special schools, preferably those responsible for student guidance and discipline; and
  • recommended by school principals.

Remarks: Each school can recommend more than one teacher.


To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.

Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and Direct Subsidy Scheme schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Participants who complete our PDPs are eligible to apply for credit transfer if they enroll in our postgraduate programmes. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.


Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

Probity Requirements: Other than the application fee, applicants are not required to pay any additional fees during the application process. In addition, please be reminded not to offer any advantage to EdUHK staff and/or any person involving admissions at EdUHK in connection with your application. Otherwise, your action may violate Hong Kong's Prevention of Bribery Ordinance (Cap. 201).

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.

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