Mr Anthony Dontoh, Regional Director of the Department, who inaugurated the Committee called on the members to be committed to tackling issues that hinders the right to education and all forms of protection of every child.
He said under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, many factors have been identified as hindrances to the rights and protection of many children in the region.
Mr Dontoh said high school dropout rates among girls, teenage pregnancies, child labour, child prostitution, influx of video and gaming centres as well as night clubs as some of the issues that the committee would focus on as part of the policy implementation activities.
He therefore expressed the hope that with the expertise of members on the committee, the implementation of the policy to protect and promote children’s welfare would be realised to improve the socio-economic status of children and women in the region.
The members were drawn from the traditional authorities, Ghana Education service, Ghana Health Service, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Attorney General’s Department, Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit, the media and non-governmental organisations focused on children.
The Chief of Jumapo in the New Juaben traditional area, Nana Osei Owusu who represents the traditional authority said the well-being of every child depend on stakeholders but the larger responsibility is on parents.
He said parental neglect of their responsibilities, towards the upbringing of their children is the major challenge leading to high rates of teenage pregnancies and other social vices among the teenage groups and called for concerted efforts to address that.
The Child and family Welfare Policy is formulated to establish a well-structured child and family welfare system in Ghana, with emphasis on both preventive and corrective approaches to promote the well-being of children as well as protect them from harm.
The policy advocates among others that traditional leaders, chiefs and queen mothers shall be responsible for facilitating dialogue and engagement through organised community forums and debate to ensure that families within their communities are faring well and required to mobilise support in difficult times.
By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA