Legal Resources Centre champions rights of Ghanaian children

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    By D.I.
    Laary, GNA

    Wa, Aug. 31, GNA – The Legal Resources Centre,
    a non-government organization, has engaged stakeholders on justice for children
    to solicit their input on issues affecting children in contact and in conflict
    with the law of the country.

    The engagement sought to inform existing
    policies and national institutions such that they would be more transparent,
    accountable and work towards a more human rights-oriented justice for child
    policy.

    The nationwide consultation programme,
    supported by European Union, was held under the theme: “Justice for Children:
    Bridging the Gap between Legislation and Practice”.

    Mr Clarke Noyoru, the Project Coordinator for
    Legal Resources Centre, said the project interventions in areas of policy and
    legislation reforms would improve service delivery.

    He said it would also ensure children in
    conflict and in contact with the law were adequately protected and their rights
    promoted.

    Mr Noyoru said the extended family system
    plays an important role in the upbringing of children and there is the need for
    members to play their role in order to avoid child delinquencies in the
    society.

    “Weak roles of families is responsible for a
    lot of delinquencies, there is progressive increase in the number of juvenile
    cases today, we have a lot of children committing crimes,” he said.

    He expressed worry that there were no child
    friendly correctional facilities in the country and this has compelled
    authorities to place deviant children in adult cells.

    The participants deliberated and made inputs
    into existing child justice legislation, policy and institutional frameworks as
    well as identified gaps and made proposed amendments to legislations on rights
    of children.

    Mr Noyoru called on stakeholders in the child
    justice sector to build synergies and ensure continuous discourse that would
    promote enhanced children policy and relevant legislation.

    He said there is the need to license social
    welfare officers so that they would provide professional services including
    probation and writing of social enquiry reports amongst others necessary in
    seeking justice for children.

    GNA

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