By Regina Benneh, GNA
Aug. 15, GNA - Mr. Clarke Noyoru, an Accra-based legal practitioner on
Wednesday stated the need for special protection for children being abused,
exploited and suffering all forms of violence in the country.
children who were victims of crime should have access to justice without the
fear of public exposure, humiliation and retaliation in the process of
investigations and trial, adding, significantly such victims must be treated in
a caring and sensitive manner to prevent any further harm.
Mr. Noyoru made
the call at a day’s training workshop organised by the Legal Resource Centre
(LRC) with support from the European Union for 20 selected paralegals at Abesim
The LRC is an
Accra-based Ghanaian non-governmental organisation which promotes human rights
issues within communities to ensure social progress based on the proper and the
right application of the law in the justice delivery system for good
Under the theme
“The Role of Paralegals in Protecting the Rights of Children”, the workshop was
designed to equip participants with the necessary skills to be able to
contribute effectively to address both criminal and civil cases involving
children to protect their interests in their respective communities.
It was also to
build their capacities to be able to navigate the child and family welfare
juvenile system by promoting the well-being of children, prevent violence,
exploitation and abuse towards the protection of the rights of children to
promote juvenile justice delivery system in the country.
participants consisted of teachers, staff of Social Welfare Department, media
and security personnel, staff of Children and Women Departments of the Ministry
of Gender, Children and Social Protection from the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo
suggested mediation as the preferable method of trial in cases involving
children to prevent them from going through the intimidation process of a
formal trial and to also protect the interest of the child.
stated that community justice process and alternative dispute resolution (ADR)
mechanism were often the most realistic and efficient means of ensuring
children access to justice.
Mr Noyoru added
that ADR in cases involving children should be encouraged at all levels since
it facilitated the outcome for families and children in achieving timely
that small percentage of juvenile cases were being prosecuted through the
formal justice system, saying that indicated the country prosecuted cases
domestically through the family justice systems.
The ADR is the
appropriate method of dealing with child justice issues, Mr. Noyoru emphasized.
community-based response to engage the family and community to provide
supervision, guidance and rehabilitative support should be encouraged to reduce
the unnecessary delays in dealing with cases of child abuse, violence and
placement would only be necessary if juvenile offenders posed a threat to
society, Mr. Noyoru said, and stressed that depriving children of their
liberties by taking them away from their families and communities conflicted
with the law which must be the last option in the juvenile justice system.