First Step Cambodia         


First Step Cambodia is a non-governmental organization with the primary goal of ensuring that all Cambodian children are protected from sexual abuse and that all those affected by abuse are supported and enabled to reach their potential. Applying the socio-ecological model, we achieve this goal by addressing the issues of child sexual abuse on the individual, family, community and societal levels simultaneously.


We work on prevention and protection in schools and communities, developing the capacity of professionals working with children, providing counseling and direct support to children affected by sexual abuse, conducting research and advocating for societal change.


Today, First Step Cambodia is identified by local and regional organizations as a leader in the provision of direct services to both boys and girls. It remains the only organization in Cambodia specialized in giving support to boys who are survivors of sexual abuse and to children displaying sexually harmful behavior, as well as their families, caregivers, supporters and communities.

Until the development of First Step’s specialist services, nothing of its kind existed in Cambodia. Through our advocacy
efforts, capacity building of professionals working with children in Cambodia, and our close
collaboration with partners and government, we are beginning to change beliefs that are
considered taboo, every day improving the responses given to boys when they need or seek support.

We strive towards a Cambodia in which all children live and grow up in a safe environment and are able to fulfill their potential.
Our Core Programs

FSC applies the Socio-Ecological Model, a model that considers the complex interplay between individual, relationship, community, and societal factors.

The model also highlights the importance to act across multiple levels of the model at the same time. This approach is more likely to sustain prevention efforts over time than any single intervention. Our programs are aligned with this approach and are designed to tackle the issues of child sexual abuse on all levels in society simultaneously. In 2019, FSC was selected as a promising practice by the Family Care First network.

The model allows us to understand the range of factors that put children at risk for violence or protect them from experiencing or perpetrating violence. The overlapping rings in the model illustrate how factors at one level influence factors at another level.

Community Prevention

We increase the understanding, knowledge and awareness of child sexual abuse, especially boys, among Cambodians at all levels of society. We develop educational resources and tools, which we deliver in a range of workshops and forums to both children and adults. We strengthen reporting mechanisms and raise awareness in our NGO and national networks.


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We provide specialist training,
learning and consultation
opportunities to improve the capacity
of professionals to ensure they deliver quality services to children and families
affected by sexual abuse, harmful
sexual behaviors and psychosocial
issues. We lead and contribute to
research related to child sexual abuse
and sexually harmful behavior.

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We provide social work services that
are appropriate and sensitive to
children who are at risk of or affected
by sexual abuse, and children
displaying SHB. We build on the
child’s strengths and apply the Social-
Ecological Model, engaging with the
children’s families, supporters and
community, making them an integral
part of the process.


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Our Annual report 2019


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Need to talk?

If you are under 18 years old and need to talk to someone, or just have someone to listen, you can call Child Helpline in full confidentiality.

☛ Or call at any time to:

092 311 511

If a child is in immediate danger, report to police directly or the authority nearest to you.  

Report suspicion of abuse

Any concerns or suspicion about child sexual abuse?

Contact our partner APLE for first response:

☛ Fill in an online report

☛ Consult our available training courses

☛ Consult our available workshops

Become our partner:

☛ Access to our training curriculum

☛ Improved collaboration & reporting mechanisms

Visit our partner page to learn more.

For NGOs and Professionals

Interested in our opportunities?

Disclaimer: To our knowledge, none of the photographs used on this site are of children who have been victims of abuse or exploitation.

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