Supported by UNICEF, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP) and the Office of the Head of Local Government Service (OHLGS) have embarked on a process to strengthen the Ghanaian social welfare workforce. A first step was the completion of a ‘Social Welfare Workforce Capacity Assessment to develop a long-term capacity building strategy for the social welfare service sector in Ghana’ by Maestral International. The assessment identified various barriers to the effective functioning of Ghana’s social service system, which result in social service provision gaps. The assessment also found that a competent, adequately resourced and trained social service workforce is necessary to provide the services and support required by vulnerable populations, families and children in Ghana. The report notes existing gaps and needs and provides recommendations for specific actions to strengthen the workforce. This type of assessment is a first step toward strengthening the social service workforce under the guidelines developed by UNICEF and the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance.