Children from broken and dysfunctional homes are four times more likely to end up in correctional facilities than others.
That’s according to child rights charity organization Child Research and Resource Centre.
The report commissioned by Plan Ghana reveals that at least eight out of ten children in remand and correctional facilities in the country are from broken homes.
Executive Director of Child Research and Resource Centre, Susan Sabaa disclosed this at a conference in Accra today.
“I just wish that as a nation we had a policy, some legislation that addresses child maintenance. I don’t know because Social Welfare has been trying this but it’s not working. But I think that if we’re not getting and we can strengthen our institutions especially policies that are governing our educational systems perhaps not too many will drop out and perhaps not too many will offend,” she said.
It also emerged that many of the children discharged from such facilities become more hardened and likely to offend again.
The centre has thus begun a campaign to help children discharged from the country’s correctional centres to properly reunite with their families.
“We currently have close to seventy juveniles in our re-integration programme. We would like to share successes and challenges and together explore ways to strengthen partnership, broaden resource base and scale up to affect many more vulnerable youth people in the country.”
“We have boys who are attesting to the fact that there has been a shift in their lives. Where they were, the time they came out of correctional centre with no hope we came in at that point and they can testify that there has been a change and we infuse hope into their lives so they can see their way clearer.”