MoGCSP & STAKEHOLDERS VALIDATE PROPOSED AMENDMENTS ON CHILD RELATED LEGISLATION
July 4, 2019 4:26 pm
The Department of
Children (under the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection –
MoGCSP) in partnership with UNICEF Ghana has held a three-day National
Consultation Workshop on the Amendment of Child Related Legislation with all
key and relevant Stakeholders.
The workshop had for purpose the review the draft proposed amendment of the Children’s Act, Juvenile Justice Act, Human Trafficking Act and Criminal and other Offenses Act. It was also to reflect on the current dynamics of the situation of children in Ghana and strengthen different special protection measures available for all children.
Speaking at the workshop, the Minister for MoGCSP, Hon. Cynthia Mamle Morrison said the consultation was to update partners on the status of the review process, seek inputs on the proposed amendments, validate new provisions, and seek the collaborative support of all partners and stakeholders.
The Hon. Minister was confident that valid and key inputs would be produced by the wide range of stakeholders which will help strengthen the proposed draft amendment in order to make it count for children.
She thanked stakeholders for joining Government’s efforts to ensure a better protection of children.
In a statement read on her behalf, the UNICEF Country Representative, Anne-Claire Duffay commended the Government of Ghana, the Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Protection for taking yet another bold step on the journey towards strengthening Ghana’s child protection system. She noted that every effort was a demonstration of the collective commitment towards the realization of children’s rights at the highest attainable level.
After the approval and launch of the Child and Family Welfare Policy and Justice for children Policy respectively, the next major step towards strengthening the system was to reform the laws that relate to children. This is important because laws and legal reform process itself can be powerful tools to realize children’s rights, promote social change and hold governments accountable. The legal reform process is part of the broader effort aimed at establishing a system that identifies the needs of all children, establish structures and resources to support the right of every child, strengthen prevention and ensure timely response and best outcomes for children. The reformed laws will reflect in detail the aspirations of the two policies.
Based on this vision, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with the technical and financial support of UNICEF and Global Affairs Canada embarked on a major legal process by supporting the review of the Children’s Act, the Juvenile Justice Act and other children-related laws.