The Regional Department of Community Development recognizes the importance of child protection and is committed to ensuring that all communities engaged in the Integrated Social Services (ISS) programme are adequately monitored after community engagements with the toolkits. To achieve this, the Regional Department has engaged the district officers of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development.

In collaboration with UNICEF, a child protection monitoring system has been developed to keep track of the progress of all engagements in the various communities. However, the Ag. Regional Director Ms. Keren Quaye recently discovered that the reports submitted by the district officers had not reflected on the system as of 30th September 2022.

As a result and considering the importance of timely and accurate reporting, the Ag. Regional Director Ms. Keren Quaye immediately engaged the Ghanaians Against Child Abuse (GACA), an NGO based in Accra which manages the monitoring system to work on the system when it was realised that the district officers had submitted the reports. However, as a result of a technical glitch in the system, the reports had not been recorded.

It is essential to note that the ISS programme is a vital initiative aimed at providing integrated social services to vulnerable communities. Therefore, timely and accurate reporting is crucial to ensure that the programme’s objectives are achieved. The Department of Community Development is committed to ensuring that all communities engaged in the ISS programme receive the necessary support and monitoring required to promote child protection and well-being.