WA, GHANA, The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) has donated five motorcycles and five desktop computers and accessories to the Department of Community Development for use by its officers in five districts of Ghana’s Upper West Region (Province) — Wa Municipal, Lambussie, Daffiama-Bussie-Issa, Sissala East and Lawra Districts — to enhance their child protection activities there.

The Minister for Upper West Region, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, to handed over the gifts from Unicef to Moses Anabanga, the department’s regional director at a workshop for child protection practitioners in the regional capital, Wa, urged the officers to put the equipment to efficient use to benefit the people, especially children.

He said the government, in collaboration with its development partners and civil society actors, had been implementing a range of policies, programmes and activities aimed at strengthening the country’s child protection system.

Building on a range of interventions, experiences and lessons of the past, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), in collaboration with Unicef, recently developed two policies, namely the Child and Family Welfare (CFW) policy and the Justice for Children Policy (JCP), he added.

These policies, Alhaji Alhassan said, were aimed at strengthening child protection systems which could prevent and respond to issues of violence, exploitation and abuse of children and as well ensure justice for children.

He said part of the process of putting this CFW policy and the JCP into practice was to strengthen the capacity of the CFW actors to understand the implication of these policies to enable them to effectively adapt ways of working.

It was in line with this that the CFW practitioners were being trained to enable them facilitate and carry out their routine child protection activities in their communities and institutions among others.