The child protection system in Ghana has been decentralized to make all services responsive and accessible at the local level and closer everyone. While the provision of services has improved in some sectors, social services in some municipalities and district assemblies, to address different child rights and gender-based violations remain unresponsive, fragmented and uncoordinated.
The link between systems such as social protection, community development, prevention of gender-based violence, justice for children, child protection, education and health at the district level is inadequate.
While social welfare and community development officers at the district level are working hard to make a difference in the lives of children and families, their efforts are not being documented or monitored. They lack skills and training on the provision of quality services in the field of child and social protection and gender-based violence.
The number of district assemblies that prioritize child and family welfare issues including social and child protection and gender-based violence could be improved. This is because social development officers fail to quantify their contribution towards the provision of services at the local level.
Further, the total number of social development officers at the local level is not enough. One social welfare and community development officer to population ratio is high, especially given the fact that close to one in five Ghanaian children need response support to address different risks and vulnerabilities.