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 Cambodia (FSC) is a unique local NGO launched in 2010, following research (“I thought it could never happen to boys” - Available to download at www.first-step-cambodia.org) and specifically designed to meet the needs of male victims and survivors of sexual abuse and their families, carers, supporters and communities in Cambodia. These needs are met through social work and other activities related to Prevention & Protection, Support, and Advocacy, Training & Education. In order to achieve this, direct social work services that are appropriate and sensitive to males’ needs are provided to those at risk of abuse, victims and their families and supporters; in addition unique and specialist training, education and awareness raising activities, support, and learning and consultation opportunities for those working with boys and young men in various settings are also provided. Our primary goal is to work in partnership with communities, local authorities, organisations, families and individuals for positive change and ensure that all children are protected from sexual abuse and those affected by abuse are supported and enabled to achieve their potential. FSC bases its work on sound research and embraces child friendly, ‘client centred’ approaches, building on strengths, and working with communities, families and individuals to achieve its goals, ensuring that services are based on the real needs of beneficiaries. Partnerships and collaboration with others are a central part of our approach. We believe that everyone has a responsibility to protect and support children affected by, or at risk of abuse, therefore an ecological approach is utilised to inform our strategy (Involving individuals, families, friends, community members, organisations, local authorities etc.) ensuring that all play a part in what we do.