Department of Children

The Department of Children has the responsibility of implementing programmes and activities affecting children in Ghana. Its mandate is to improve the welfare and full integration of Children into the development process through advocacy, research and other development projects. This is line with Article 28 of the 1992 Constitution and the Children’s Act which mandate Government to ensure the rights of the child. These legal documents demonstrate Ghana’s commitment to the promotion of the physical, mental and social well-being of the Ghanaian Child. The department works to safeguard these provisions provided by Ghana’s laws.

Vision

“A harmonious society with guaranteed child rights”

Mission

The Department of Children exists to implement programmes and projects for the survival, protection, participation and development of the child through advocacy, research, inputting into policy formulation, networking and collaborating with stakeholders in a well-resourced environment with motivated professional staff.

Functions

The functions of the Department are to:

  • Implement policies, programmes, projects and plans of the sector Ministry
  • Monitor and evaluate the processes and impacts of plans and programmes
  • Collaborate and network with MDAs, MMDAs, NGOs and CBOs to improve and enhance the socio-economic status and circumstances of children
  • Undertake research towards improving the wellbeing of children
  • Provide referral and on the spot counseling services
  • Implement Ghana’s International conventions, treaties and protocols in relation to children’s development

Core Values

Department of Children is guided by the following values:

  • Commitment and excellence
  • Social Justice, equality and equity
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Respect and discipline
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Professionalism

Objectives

  • Coordinate programmes and activities that seek to promote the welfare of children
  • Partner stakeholders and development agencies to integrate children’s issues into National development
  • Implement government policies and plans that relate to children;
  • Facilitate compliance with international protocols, conventions and treaties relating to children; and
  • Facilitate evidence-based decision making in relation to children’s affairs