Ghana has acceded to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in respect of Inter-country Adoption (1993) to protect vulnerable children from danger and abuse from adoption.

Considerable progress has also been made towards harmonizing the country’s laws with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Mr Mawutor Ablorh, Director, Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), who made these known at the 12th Matriculation and Graduation ceremony of the School of Social Work in Accra, last Saturday, noted that a number of legal instruments, including the Children’s Act 1998 (Act 560), the Juvenile Justice Act, the Domestic Violence Act and the Anti – Human Trafficking Act, which had been enacted, attested to the progress made by Ghana.

Mr Ablor was speaking on the theme: “Child Protection in Ghana: Implications for Sustainable Development.”

He said as part of the progress made, National Plans of Actions that had also been developed to enhance the protection of the Ghanaian child.

These, he said, included the National Plans of Action on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (2009-2015); Orphans and Vulnerable Children (2010-2015); Early Childhood Care and Development Policy (2004); Hazardous Activity Framework; National Standards for Residential Homes for Children (2010); and, most recently, the Child and Family Welfare Policy (CFWP), which was launched last year.

Mr Ablorh said addressing the human rights issue of child protection, as identified in the 2006 UN Study on Violence and Abuse against Children Report, required greater concerted efforts by all stakeholders, including the academia.

In a statement, Dr Mu-Awia Zakaria, Principal, School of Social Work, said the institution was mandated to train generic social workers to take up positions in the Department of Social Welfare as social case workers, rehabilitation officers, community development officers, probation officers and social workers in health care settings, among others.

Mr Zakaria disclosed that MoGCSP, in collaboration with the Local Government Secretariat had put measures in place to recruit 25 graduates from the School right after their national service as Disability Desk Officers in the regions and districts.

He urged the graduands to be ethical in their future work, lead lives of meaning and impact, and be willing to make a difference while entreating the matriculants to make maximum use of the opportunity granted them to help shape their life and their future professional development.

For his part, the Administrator of the School, Daniel Kudzo Fiawotor, said the school was established in 1945 with a handful of students but currently had a student population of 344.

He said the school run Certificate and Diploma courses in Social Work on regular and sandwich modules.

Source: Government of Ghana