This country page features an interactive, icon-based data dashboard providing a national-level overview of the status of children’s care and care reform efforts (a “Country Care Snapshot”), along with a list of resources and organizations in the country.
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Standard Operating Procedures for Inspection, Licensing, and Monitoring Residential Homes for Children in Ghana
Performance Audit Report of the Auditor General on the Regulation of Residential Homes for Children (Orphanages) by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW)
A Situation Analysis of Ghanaian Children and Women: A Call for Reducing Disparities and Improving Equity
‘The NGOs are breaking down our system’: Vulnerable children, NGOs, and the proliferation of orphanages in Ghana
African Social Services in Peril: A Study of the Department of Social Welfare in Ghana under the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative
Prevalence and number of children living in institutional care: global, regional, and country estimates
Researching the linkages between social protection and children’s care in Ghana: LEAP and its effects on child well-being, care and family cohesion
Guidelines for Deinstitutionalization of Residential Homes for Children (RHC): Transitioning to Family-Based Care in Ghana
Social Welfare Workforce Capacity Assessment to develop a long-term capacity building strategy for the social welfare service sector in Ghana
Inter-Sectoral Standard Operating Procedures for Child Protection and Family Welfare: Guidelines, Tools and Forms for Casework and Management
Data for this country care snapshot was contributed by partners at UNICEF Ghana.
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While several interventions have been put in place to address the needs of persons with disabilities in developed countries, their counterparts in low-income countries, such as Ghana, continue to face marginalisation and exclusion. Using user-perspective and co-production approaches, this report analyses existing services for Ghanaians with disabilities and the relevance and usefulness of these services.
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has directed Ghana to double its efforts in ending the worst forms of child labour, particularly in the cocoa and fishing sectors.
Institutional childcare is associated with developmental delays and setbacks. Since alternative options are not always available, it is important to investigate youth in institutional settings to evaluate how to provide optimal care.
This article explores neighbour protective intervention (protective informal social control) in child neglect. It draws on narrative interviews with seventeen female parents from seven settlements in Ghana.
The purpose of this article is to provide information on the residential care facilities that operate in Ghana in terms of their licensing status, staffing, child safeguarding, and protection policies, as well as the safety and suitability of the premises. The article also describes the demographic profiles of the children who live in such facilities and provides an overview of the care they received and their well-being.
There is limited evidence on family reintegration for children who have been in residential care within the African context. The goal of this study is to find out what factors impact reintegrated institutionalized children’s desire to remain with their biological parents or extended family.
Child labour can’t be abolished through force. To address it, we must attend to why children work in the first place.
The Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG), a youth development organisation in Ghana, has called on the Government to take steps to reconcile the laws on consent to sex and law on marriage to help address sexual and reproductive health challenges of adolescents.
Ten new child-friendly gender-based violence courts are being established across Ghana. These courts are expected to significantly improve the quality and accuracy of evidence of survivors, by addressing the challenges they face in the trial process.
Close to 15,000 cases of violence against children are reported to law enforcement agencies in Ghana every year, the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said.