Provide vibrant social safety net to deal with Child Abuse Cases – CRI to Gov’t

The Executive Director of Child Rights International (CRI), Mr Bright Appiah, says a robust and vibrant child protection system should be created to defend and safeguard the rights of children in the country.

“We must make sure once a child enters our Social Safety Protection Net, there will be all supportive systems ready that will assist properly in such cases, so that if the Child comes out of that safety net he/she will still become a wholesome being after it all,” he said.

His comment comes in the wake of the surge in child abuse cases in the country.

Speaking in an interview with host Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.5 FM, Mr Bright Appiah explained that gradually society has become responsive to Child abuse cases that’s why there is a surge in reports relating to child rights abuse.

But said beyond that, “we need to provide a safety net to deal with the issue” insisting that the way to go is for the country to have a formalised system to tackle the problem head on.

“As we speak, we don’t have a very comprehensive social protection system to handle some of these issues.  if we continue to do it in a piece meal approach, people will continue to take advantage of children. The state must be interested in developing a very strong social protection system to help in handling some of these issues. The ultimate responsibility lies in the hands of government to ensure that how do I collectively put all these documents together and then provide a structure to deal with them.”


An 11-year-old boy in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region is still nursing his wounds, more than a year after a man had poured petrol on him and set him ablaze.

Maxwell Ayinbisa Abelinkiira was accused of peeping through a bathroom to watch a woman who was taking her bath, an offence the boy has denied.

This story comes in the wake of a similar one in the Central Region where a boy’s hand was wounded by his step mum whose machete fell on him but left the wound to fester until it decayed.

The five-year-old boy’s hand was amputated at the Central Regional Hospital in Cape Coast last two weeks.


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