At a function recently, some of the guests, knowing my interest and passion for social welfare, walked up to me and asked: ”Olayinka, what exactly is family social welfare about, and hey, is there a structure put in place by the Lagos State Government to handle issues that deal with the family? ”
Suffice it to say, my response in the affirmative got a few shocked faces staring back at me, and that in itself, had me amazed. At that point, it dawned on me that perhaps, members of society needed to be better informed of the presence of social welfare institutions established for the equitable handling of sundry social and domestic issues. These institutions exist so vulnerable members of society do not have suffer deprivations and other form of injustices, without foreseeable reprieve.
It is in the light of the foregoing that I wish to inform you my reader, that there is indeed, a family social welfare office in Nigeria, and it is located in Ikeja, Lagos.The purpose of this agency is to ensure the proper functioning of the family without any interference that comes with the potential to affect the well being of the child (or children as the case maybe). That is, the agency’s operations are majorly focused on ensuring the child isn’t left with the short end of the stick, under any circumstance. Should there be anything that affects the wellbeing of the child, the agency is required to step in to mediate and do the needful on the best interest of the child.
It is also noteworthy to state that the duties of the agency to the child, are backed up by the Child Rights Law of Lagos State.
The Family Social Welfare Office, focuses its activities on Paternity Denial, Matrimonial Cases ranging from custody, access, maintenace, paternity dispute and sometimes reconciliation through mediation. It also handles cases of juvenile delinquency
The Family Social Welfare has its head office located under the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Alausa, Ikeja. They work within the specified areas of jurisdiction for the purpose of efficiency .
And here is hoping these information is useful to someone reading this right now.
Loads of love ….