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Children's Act, 1998 🇬🇭

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Republic of Ghana

The five hundred and sixtieth


of the parliament of the republic of ghana

Children's Act, 1998

  • Published by Government Gazette on 5 February 1999
  • Assented to on 30 December 1998
  • Commenced on 5 February 1999
  1. [Amended by Children's Amendment Act, 2016 (Act 937 of 2016) on 30 December 2016]
AN ACT to reform and consolidate the law relating to children, to provide for the rights of the child, maintenance and adoption, regulate child labour and apprenticeship, for ancillary matters concerning children generally and to provide for related matters.BE IT ENACTED by Parliament as follows


I – Rights of the child and parental duty

1. Definition of child

For purposes of this Act, a child is a person below the age of eighteen years.

2. Welfare principle

(1)The best interest of the child shall be paramount in any matter concerning a child.
(2)The best interest of the child shall be the primary consideration by any court, person, institution or other bo…

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