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30.01.2006 Regional News

Social welfare officer worried about illegal day care centres

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Cape Coast, Jan 30, GNA - Mr Joseph Benle Arkhurst, the Central Regional Director of the Department of Social Welfare on Monday expressed concern about the rate of springing up of illegal day care centres and orphanages in the regio

He said reports reaching his office indicate that, most of these centres do not have the requisite facilities to operate, thereby endangering the lives of the children sent there. Mr Arkhurst, who expressed these concerns in an interview with the and registration", to ensure that they operate in accordance with laid down rules and regulations. He said the Department would afterwards provide skill training for the attendants of the centres on how to properly handle the children put in their care.

Mr Arkhurst mentioned the lack of transport and inadequate staff, particularly at the district level, as some of the problems hampering the work of the Department and called for assistance from NGOs. Jan 30, 06