This mapping and assessment of the child protection system in Ghana is linked to a wider West and Central African regional initiative which has been supported financially and technically by a regional reference group composed by Plan International, Save the Children Sweden and Finland, and UNICEF. The objective of this child protection systems mapping and analysis is to provide stakeholders with a descriptive profile of their existing system, and an initial assessment of its contextual appropriateness and relevance to the populations being served.
The study aims to present the evidence base required to build a common understanding among national stakeholders of the components and nature of their child protection system and to identify opportunities and challenges for systems strengthening. The mapping assessed key aspects of the formal child protection system, including the legislative and policy framework; structures and organisational arrangements; coordination, planning and information management; services for prevention and response; and human and financial resources. It also provided a snapshot of perceptions and experiences of the child protection system in select communities.