First Step Cambodia (FSC) is a Cambodian non-governmental organization established (2010) as a response to the ground breaking historical research paper: “I Thought it Could Never Happen to Boys”, which documented stories of sexual abuses against boys in Cambodia. Based on this study’s findings, FSC was specifically designed to meet the needs of boys who are survivors of sexual abuse and children displaying sexually harmful behavior. FSC also serves the children’s families, caregivers, supporters and communities.
Today, FSC is the only organization in Cambodia specialized in giving support to boys and operates from its offices in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, providing its services to the surrounding provinces.
Our Vision: We envision Cambodia where children live and grow up in a safe environment, free from sexual abuse, and are able to fulfil their potential.
Our Mission: We are working to ensure that boys are free from sexual abuse, and are protected and empowered in issues of sexuality.
Our primary goal is to ensure that all children are protected from sexual abuse and that all those affected by abuse are supported and enabled to reach their potential. We achieve this goal through social work and other activities related to our three key programs Prevention, Capacity Building, and Support. Until the development of FSC’s specialist services, nothing of this kind existed in Cambodia. Through our advocacy efforts, capacity building of professionals working with and for children in Cambodia, and our close collaboration with partners and government agencies, we are beginning to change beliefs that are mostly ill-informed taboos and improve the response given to boys when they need or seek support.
Prevention & Protection:
FSC aims to increase the understanding, knowledge and awareness among different stakeholders including schoolteachers, students, children, parents, caregivers, villagers, and service providers who directly engage with children. To achieve this, FSC has developed a range of educational resources and tools, which are delivered in a range of workshops and forums, to both children and adults, and distributed for use in organizations and community settings.
We see close partnerships and strong networks as the key to our success and providing sustainable solutions. Our team facilitates and contributes to NGO networks and partnership meetings to raise awareness, and to promote and improve collaboration and service delivery to our target beneficiaries.
FSC provides specialist training, learning and consultation opportunities to improve the capacity of professionals to deliver quality services to children and families affected by sexual abuse, harmful sexual behaviors and psychosocial issues. FSC offers a wide range of training, including but not limited to: Social Work with Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Case Management, Working with Family, Alcohol Abuse, Supervision and Sexually Harmful Behavior by Children.
FSC strives to base its social work and program design on sound research. As research into the issues of sexual abuse, especially related to boys, is scarce in Cambodia, FSC has been leading and contributing to evidence-based research related to the abuse of boys and sexually harmful behavior displayed by children in Cambodia and the wider region. We use our findings to increase the knowledge and awareness of these issues, to better inform families, professionals and government in Cambodia.
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. Based on a foundation of research, we embrace child-friendly and client-centered approaches.
Our social workers provide regular counseling and therapeutic services to children over a period of (up to) 24 months and are always available to talk in times of need. In most cases, we are confronted with vulnerable families and poverty related issues. We maximize the child’s chances to recover from its experiences and live in a safe and supportive home environment by increasing the family’s knowledge, involvement and capacity, and by providing practical support: assistance in court, help in transportation, access to education or vocational training, food security, health care, and income generation. To achieve this, FSC uses a strong network of partner organizations.
First Step Cambodia (FSC) is a Cambodian non-governmental organization established (2010) as a response to the ground breaking historical research paper: “I Thought it Could Never Happen to Boys”, which documented stories of sexual abuses…