ACCRA- THURSDAY MARCH 19, 2024: The Head of the Local Government Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur has commended the invaluable contributions of Social Workers towards the development of Ghana. 

He made the acknowledgement when he addressed the 2024 National Symposium to mark World Social Work Day in Accra. 

The Head of Service described the work of social workers as demanding and emotionally taxing but incredibly rewarding. He said the theme for the event: “The Professionalisation of Social Work Practice, a Shared Future for Ghana’s Transformative Change” is very resonating and underscores the importance of ensuring that social workers have the training, resources and the support needed to excel in their roles. 

Dr. Nana Ato Arthur stated that it was essential to invest in the professional development of social workers through capacity building and to provide a convenient environment for them to acquire the needed skills and knowledge necessary to carry out their roles.   

He expressed his personal commitment and support to the course of social work practice by advocating for policies and trainings that promotes the professionalisation of social work practice.  This he said was evident in the recent capacity building trainings organised by the Local Government Service (LGS) in partnership with UNICEF for staff of the Department of Community Development and Social Welfare, a decentralised department of the Service. 

The Head of Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur assured participants that the Local Government Service would continue to collaborate with like-minded institutions and other relevant state actors to support social work professionals to deliver their mandate towards the total development of Ghana.  

The Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF, Lucia Soleti, in her keynote address, said that social work has been one of the earliest practices in Ghana since the 1940’s without any backing legislations. She revealed that, UNICEF and USAID are supporting government of Ghana to address the absence of a regulatory framework.  

She underscored the speedy passage of the social work profession bill into law to regulate social work practice in Ghana and align same with international standards. 

The programme took place at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel in Accra with participants drawn from the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and other stakeholder institutions. 


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