The regional consultative fora are held to ensure that stakeholders provide input for the review of policies and amendment in specific legislation within the juvenile justice sector.
Ms. Daphne Lariba Nabila, the Executive Director of Legal Resources Center, emphasized when addressing the stakeholders, “The project which is supported by the European Union (EU) is a three year project commencing in 2018. Its aim is to bridge the gap between legislation and practice within the Ghanaian Child justice System to ensure that children in conflict and in contact with the law are adequately treated and projected”.
The LRC is collaborating with the Ministry Of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Parliament, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative justice, the Judicial Service, the Police Service, the Prisons Service and other stakeholders”.
She said, “the project aims to achieve four results :
(1) To increase capacity of security personnel and paralegals in promoting and protecting the right of children.
(2) To increase legal assistance and services to children in conflict with the law.
(3) To strengthen partnerships among stakeholders in the justice for children system or sector.
(4) To effect legal and policy reforms by liaising with relevant stakeholders in the form of regional consultations across all 10 regions to review policies and propose recommendations for amendments in relevant legislation on justice for children.
Traditional leaders, security agencies, health experts, school children and other regional stakeholders were brought together from nine(9) regions in Ghana to identify gaps in the current child justice framework within the justice delivery system in Ghana”.
Story By Kofi Dwumah.