First Step Cambodia (FSC) is a local NGO launched in 2010, designed to meet the needs of male victims and survivors of sexual abuse and their families, carers, supporters and communities in Cambodia.
First Step is always looking to improve and develop its counseling, social work services and training curricula. We welcome anyone with a strong experience and academic background in topics such as: (1) child-friendly counseling techniques to child survivors of abuse; (2) child protection systems; (3) designing training courses ; (4) developing training courses on alcohol abuse, positive parenting, working with families, (5) etc.
First Step also conducts regular research within Cambodia. Anyone with a strong background in social sciences (psychology, sociology, anthropology) and experience in conducting research (writing papers, statistical analysis, collecting data, etc.), is welcome to contact us to discuss new research opportunities related to child sexual abuse, sexually harmful behavior and the impact of cultural norms and traditions.
Finally, First Step is always looking into ways to find new funding streams. Organizing fundraising events, setting up an NGO in the volunteer's home country to help collect individual donations, help applying for new grants, etc.
We provide a stipend (up to $100/month) for volunteers who are full-time working with us in the office (phnom penh).
First Step does not charge a volunteer to join us. Instead, we provide a small stipend to help you cover your costs.
Instead of charging you a fee, we help you with all practical matters such as finding an affordable place to stay, how to get around town, lend a bicycle from our office, etc. You pay for your stay in Cambodia, but at the lowest expense possible and without us taking a profit (as is often the case with charged fees).
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 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.
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,