Alyssa Minor

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children, public policy, mental health, physical health, abuse, adverse childhood experiences, Ghana, residential homes, family-based homes




Children placed in residential homes in Ghana suffer from physical violence and physical neglect more often than children in family-based homes. In overcrowded residential homes, many basic needs are often not being met, and the use of physical violence is common due to inadequate funding, lack of training, lack of clear policies, and years of normalizing violent disciplinary actions. This problem of child abuse within residential homes of Ghana creates financial burdens on the country and negative psychosocial effects for children suffering from neglect or physical violence, hindering their ability to reach their full earnings potential. Very few interventions have been tested for long enough to show reliable results to help eradicate child abuse in Ghana, but some practices have followed promising principles addressing the contributing factors of this issue, with the potential to result in improvement of its negative consequences if tracked over time.