The New Juaben North Municipal Social Welfare Department has initiated a child protection education campaign to engage the public on the need to seek the welfare of children within the municipality.
The District Social Welfare Director, Madam Sally Mahama, during an encounter with the chiefs and people of Asokore, emphasised that there were still challenges when it comes to child abuse and child labour, hence the need to embark on such education.
She has, however, called for collaborative efforts to deal with the issue in our various communities.
On the issue of enforcing the existing laws, Madam Sally Mahama said her outfit was now educating the public to know what punishment they would face if a child is abused or maltreated.
She also added that most people do not understand child labour issues, so her outfit is educating them to know the difference between child’s work and child labour.
“Until we start prosecuting offenders, we are committed to educate the public so people will know the difference between work that children are responsible to do, and that which is considered to be child labour,” Madam Mahama revealed.
Madam Sally Mahama also took the opportunity to urge the public to report cases of child abuse and labour to the appropriate authorities in their various localities, so as to help in dealing with the issue.
Meanwhile, the traditional authority commended staff of the Social Welfare Department for such an initiative, saying it would go a long way to protect children wherever they may find themselves, and, therefore, pledged its readiness to support such a good cause.
A five-member committee has, however, been set up by the traditional council to deal with child protection issues in Asokore.