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CAPacity building

First Step Cambodia provides training courses that are essential in building your capacity as a social worker. They will build on your knowledge of child protection issues and the nature of sexual abuse, teach you how to identify, respond to, and refer cases of sexual violence, help you understand the needs of boys and the issues they face, and how to work effectively with and provide quality social work services to vulnerable families and children.

What originally started as one in-depth training course of 47 days on identifying and responding to situations in which boys are at risk of and, or, affected by sexual abuse ("Boys First Training"), has evolved in a range of interrelated social work and child protection courses that develop the knowledge and social work skills of Cambodian professionals who work for/with children. 

Below you can find an overview of available training courses in Cambodia. At the bottom of the page you can read stories from trained participants.

To see the upcoming training opportunities, please consult our training schedule. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or wish to register.

Introducing: Social Work Practice with Children affected by Sexual Abuse

Our training curricula


Social work practice with children affected by sexual abuse

The course improves, broadens and deepens the skills and confidence of professionals working with children affected by or at risk of sexual abuse. The course helps participants to develop analytical and critical thinking skills and to apply new learning to all aspects of their work. Home assignments encourage the sharing of knowledge with colleagues, friends and community. Formerly known as the 'Boys First' training. Read a case study here.

29 days 

Location: Phnom Penh

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Location: PNP, SRP, Kandal, Battambang, Sihanouk

This specialised course builds the capacity of social workers to: (1) identify when a child is displaying potential harmful sexual behavior and conduct initial assessments of the issue; (2) provide appropriate and effective initial response and referrals to specialist services for full assessment, services and resources; and follow-up referrals to ensure that services are received and benefit the child and their family. Read a case study here.

Identification and Response to Children Displaying SHB

3 days 


How to Support Families Affected by Psychosocial Problems

This course increases the capacity of social work professionals in understanding how to work with the families of vulnerable children and enhances their skills in assessing and conducting interventions with families. The course also increases participants’ confidence to work with families by providing practical strategies and necessary tools.

4 days 

Location: Phnom Penh

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Case management is an approach to service delivery that attempts to ensure that clients with complex, multi-faceted problems receive all the services they need in a timely and appropriate fashion. Therefore, case management plays an important role in the clients' recovery and the response to needs. The course improves social workers’ case management skills using First Step Cambodia’s case management system and tools. Read a case study here.

Social Work Case Management Practice

3 days 

Location: Phnom Penh


How to Support People with Alcohol Problems

The course allows participants to reflect on personal and professional experiences related to alcohol drinking behaviors, to gain knowledge and skills to help people with alcohol problems to drink responsibly, and to enhance participants’ confidence in their service provision to parents and families impacted by alcohol abuse. Read a case study here.

4 days

Location: Phnom Penh

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The scope of social work is very wide, diverse and complicated. In order to deliver high quality services, it is essential that social work service providers are competent, apply social work values and ethics, and continuously increase their knowledge and skills. This course is provided via joint collaboration with the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap.

Social work practice

Location: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh

3 days

Advanced course on the provision of social work services

ToT training course

Training of Trainer: Prevention

Child sexual abuse is a pressing problem in Cambodia, requiring increased awareness and understanding for children, parents and communities. This course builds the capacity and confidence of child protection professionals by conducting awareness raising events on child sexual abuse with children and families in their target areas. Thereby improving community prevention and protection mechanisms.

2 days

Location: Phnom Penh

Community Awareness Workshops with Children on Sexual Abuse and Prevention

* Please consult our training schedule for upcoming training opportunities.

Case studies

Our case studies demonstrate the relevance of our work and document the feedback we receive from participants.

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Having learned about sexually harmful behavior, a government official correctly identifies a case in a RCI. (2018)

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“This training has opened my eyes, understanding the importance of my work and how it can be done in the most ethical way.” (2019)

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"Now I feel confident and motivated, I believe [they] are victims of addiction and need my full support to overcome it.” (2019)

Family boys

“I didn’t think that boys could be sexually abused too, so I was not interested in them." (2018)

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