“It bothers me a lot and it is difficult to ensure my children’s
safety”: a phenomenological study on child safety in a coastal slum
community in the western region of Ghana.
AbstractChildren living in coastal areas are particularly exposed to hazardous
environments yet there is little research emanating from low and
middle-income countries to unravel the concept of child safety and its
implications for growth and development. A phenomenological study was
conducted with twenty parents living in a coastal slum area in the
Western Region of Ghana. Parents in this fishing community reported
feeling bothered about significant threats to the safety of their
children but also admitted serious challenges with maintaining the
safety of their children. Well-designed safety-promoting behaviour
change interventions are needed in such communities.