We work within local communities across Cambodia to strengthen their capacity to protect against and fight child trafficking. We undertake participatory and engaging public information campaigns that raise awareness of the risks of trafficking, and the rights of children. We also develop collaborative community programs that bring together children, adults, and members of the public sector to improve knowledge sharing and prevent local children from becoming victims of trafficking.
Village Safety Net Program (VSNP)
Village Safety Net Program workshops involve all members of the community; District Governors, staff from the District Office of Education and Social Affairs, members of the District Police, Commune Chiefs, school Principals, as well as members of our Child Peer Groups. The workshops are held in order to raise awareness on a variety of subjects, including issues of child trafficking in the community, relevant laws, high-risk children in the community, socio-economic and health factors that lead to trafficking, as well as the obligations of each participant to help eliminate child trafficking in their community. The workshops assess the current situation involving a specific community, clarify government social protection policies, and establish priorities and action plans to be undertaken by the community to fight child trafficking.
Child Peer Groups (CPG)
Child Peer Groups are an essential component of the VSNP. Groups are composed of child peer leaders who are taught critical awareness-raising skills that they can use in their local schools and communities. These peer educators conduct awareness-raising sessions within schools and communities to provide information about anti-trafficking initiatives, and to educate participants on their rights as children in Cambodia. Last year our Child Peer Groups engaged over 5,249 local children—and our CPG network continues to expand.
Child Protection Network (CPN)
Our Child Protection Network extends across the country to bring together government and non-government service providers, community leaders, parents, and our child-peer educators in the fight against trafficking. CPN groups undertake public information campaigns in their local communities about the signs and risk factors of domestic violence, and the dangers of trafficking and illegal migration. The groups monitor cases of suspected or reported trafficking, exploitation, or abuse, and report them to local enforcement authorities. CPN groups also refer at-risk children to social services and support in their communities to ensure that they are protected.