Ghana Without Orphans (GWO) organised a two-day legal conference on good practices in the judicial process of protection and care for children in Ghana.
This was done in collaboration with Strengthening Families for Abandoned Children United Kingdom (SFAC UK) and the Judicial Training Institute of Ghana.
This was supported by the Department for Foreign and International Development (DFID UK).
Ghana Without Orphans (GWO) is a movement of organisations, churches and individuals.
GWO is part of World Without Orphans which has a vision of seeing orphaned and vulnerable children thrive in loving families rather than in orphanages.
Some of the objectives of the conference reviewed current law and policies relating to orphans and vulnerable children, identify gaps and areas for improvement in the current system in the area of child care and protection.
It also advocated for the creation of an inter-institutional commission to implement and monitor best practises across the country.
On the first day, the conference was attended by some selected High Court Judges, a representative from the Central Adoptions Authority of Ghana and director of Justice Administration of the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) to discuss issues relating to the protection of children.
On the second day, Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates within the Greater Accra region, lawyers, some officers of the DSW and some Civil Society Organisations took their turn at the conference to have a conversation on bettering the rights of children in the country.
Some of the problems identified with the child care and protection system at the conference included the proper regulation of the Department of Social Welfare.
Panellists were concerned that at the national level, the Department is under the Gender Ministry but at the community level, it is under the Local Government Ministry.
They called for an inter-institutional approach to Child Care and Protection.
Discussants also deliberated on the need for the harmonisation of standards in the justice delivery to children across the country.