A two-day zonal workshop to facilitate the successful implementation of the National

Child and Family Welfare Policy, has ended in Kumasi.

The programme, organised under the auspices of the Ghana National Coalition on the Rights

of the Child, also had the objective of sensitising and empowering the participating Civil

Society Organisations (CSOs), to appreciate their roles in protecting children from all

forms of abuse.

Barima Akwasi Amankwaah, the Acting National Coordinator of the Coalition, addressing the

closing ceremony, said a comprehensive national baseline survey conducted between 2010 and

2014 reveals that, ?While Ghana has adequate laws and policies on children, they are

disjointed and uncoordinated, – a situation which undermines its firm implementation.?

He stated, ?This called for decisive stakeholder support of the new policy to strengthen

and reform child welfare and protection systems, which could engender socio-economic


Child abuse cases, he said, still remained rampant in the Ghanaian society and, therefore,

entreated CSOs focusing on child protection programmes to embark on more community

awareness events to bring down the trend to the barest minimum.

The 22-paged Policy was developed by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social

Protection, with support from the United Nations Children?s Fund (UNICEF) and other local

and international organisations.

It has been designed to aid the streamlining of child and family welfare activities to

prevent and protect children from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

This is expected to empower children and families to better understand abusive situations

and make choices to prevent and respond to situations of risk.

The policy additionally would help to build the capacity of institutions and service

providers to ensure an upscale of the quality service to children and families in urban

and rural areas.

Barima Amankwaah noted that any society that neglected child development issues did so at

its own risk because poor child upbringing had long-term effects on the calibre of people

raised as adults and leaders for the nation.

Participants were drawn from the Ashanti, Eastern, and Brong-Ahafo regions.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh


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