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2007 Ghana: Assessment of Child Protection Project in Northern and Upper East Regions, Ghana

Executive summary


The Child Protection Project is a partnership initiative jointly implemented by the Department of Social Welfare (DSW), Department of Community Development (DCD) and selected communities in the Northern and Upper East Regions with funding support from UNICEF.  The initiative is a practical programming response to national efforts to promote child rights in the country.  Capacity-building trainings, community mobilization and sensitization, group formation and development, resources support and monitoring and evaluation have been the main activities conducted since the start of the initiative. The CPP has been operational in the Upper East and Northern regions. This report was therefore initiated to document and assess the activities of the CPP initiative and make recommendations for improvement and possible expansion, especially to the Upper West Region.


This report was initiated to document and assess the activities of the CPP initiative and make recommendations for improvement and possible expansion, especially to the Upper West Region.


Data was collected form eight (8) local government areas (LGAs) or metropolises, municipalities and districts (MMDs) in the Northern and Upper East Regions of Ghana where CPP has been implement. Questionnaires were administered to staff of the Department of Community Development and Department of Social Welfare in the operational areas. Key informants such as traditional authorities, parents (including guardians), students, youth, teachers and assembly persons were interviewed. Moreover, Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) were held at the community level among members of the Child Protection Teams (CPTs). Also, community discussions were held in the participating communities to assess their perceptions on the work of the CPTs.

Findings and Conclusions:

Among the findings of the assessment are:

  • The study revealed that two main structures; the Child Protection Teams (CPTs), which are community-based, and Sara Clubs (SCs), school-based, have been formed to foster activities child rights protection.
  • Child Protection Teams had been formed and were functional in 713 communities.
  • Inspection records revealed that meetings were held among members, and child records were kept on births, deaths, migration, education, abuse and pregnancies, among others.
  • Many issues regarding harmful cultural practices, which came to light during key informant interviews, focus groups discussions and informal interactions, were not found in the record books.
  • However, some of the records were poorly kept due to the low literacy skills of secretaries.
  • Community participation, resource support, training, sensitization, monitoring and skills development were some of the benefits of the initiative.
  • It was also found that there was waning interest and weakened inter-agency linkages so far as CPP is concerned.


It is therefore recommended that:

  • The existing documentation be improved through training of relevant staff at the organizational level and use of students as secretaries where necessary;
  • Continuous education should be provided at the community level for CPTs and Sara Clubs to improve their facilitation skills and knowledge on child rights;
  • Systematic education campaign targeting the broader mass of the community is necessary for improved ownership and broadened participation;
  • Inter-agency collaboration should be strengthened to improve coordination and maximization of the use of available resources;
  • CPTs and SCs should be motivated with basic incentives such as bicycles, T-shirts, hats, badges, bags, Wellington boots and raincoats, which can also serve the practical needs for physical protection and mobility while boosting egos, enhancing image and promoting legitimacy;
  • Sara Clubs need to be revitalized and supported to be more effective;
  • Monitoring activities should be intensified at the community level;
  • The record books should be revised to make more user-friendly, purposeful and inclusive of issues of central concern and;
  • Project sustainability should be treated as a matter of urgency.

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