Thursday, 16 September 2010

Abuse investigation likely to highlight public sector deficiencies

Minister of Employment and Social Welfare Enoch Taye Mensah has set up a nine-member committee chaired by Deputy Minister Antwi-Boasiako Sekyere to investigate allegations of abuse and corruption at Osu Children's Home. Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas of the New Crusading Guide revealed the abuse in a documentary.

The committee is to review video footage and examine the structure, general and financial administration of the home. Mensah told the committee he also expected it to look at past specific cases of abuse and re-examine the child protection system in Ghana as a whole.

Despite the existence of child protection legislation, he said, it was difficult to get the necessary administrative and budgetary support to implement the laws. There are 127 orphanages and homes in Ghana, he said, most of which did not provide adequate conditions for the children to live in. The government is currently revising adoption laws to make it easier for families to adopt children from orphanages, he said.

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