The objective of establishing the Social Welfare Opinion Platform (or the "Platform") is to provide an open, free and credible platform for members of the social welfare sector to express their views on the development of the sector.
Members of the Platform must belong to the social welfare services sector, including registered social workers and staff of welfare groups. Any such person can register as members of the Platform free of charge under one of the following categories:
At registration, they are required to providing their real names and email addresses, but can choose whether or not to provide their residential addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, and so on. They must first declare that they belong to the social welfare sector. All personal information thus supplied will be kept confidential by POP except that all names in full will be published for public reference.
All registrations will be done through POP's official website. Each Platform member will receive a password upon registration, which can be used to submit named or anonymous messages at the Platform. All responsibilities, legal and otherwise, arising from any such message shall vest entirely with its author. Platform members can change their designated passwords at any time. Shall there be any reasonable doubt, POP can require any Platform member to prove the authenticity of one's name and membership category by submitting more documents. Failure to comply may result in the cancellation of the user account by POP.
POP shall regularly update the personal information of Platform members free of charge. All information provided will only be used for conducting and analyzing opinion surveys.
The Platform is expected to be functional for 12 months starting from September 2006.