WHAT IS SWIMS?
Social Welfare Information Management System (SWIMS) refers to a web-based  system developed by the Government of Ghana to document and report on the provision of social welfare services (child protection, social protection and gender-based violence) based on standard national data collection forms, workflows, referral pathways and standard operating procedures (SOPs). SWIMS has been developed for use across four areas:
The primary users of the system will be MMDA staff responsible for the provision of social protection, child protection, justice for children and gender-based violence related services. Other service providers like NGOs/CSOs, Residential Care Facilities, etc. will also be part of the prospective user group.
POLICY FRAMEWORK OF SWIMS
In 2015, Ghana’s Child and Family Welfare Policy highlighted “the need for improving the overall child protection information management system for better data and evidence of impact of the expected system reform”. The National Medium-Term Development Policy Framework 2018-2021 (Focus Areas 7 and 10) also identify the development of case management and information management systems, and improvement of social and child protection, and other social service delivery as national priorities.