Model of Community-based Social Workers Reflected

Practice of a model of the so-called 'community-based social workers' � community volunteers trained to provide psycho and social counselling to children � is being reflected to draw lessons learned in order to improve future implementation.

H.E. Nhep Sopheap, Secretary General of the Cambodia National Council for Children, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), who presided over the event here in Phnom Penh yesterday applauded the endeavour to put in place the skilled social workers as well as the work progress.

About half of Cambodian population are under the age of 25. Disasters, remaining poverty, domestic violence, migration of parents leaving behind children, and imprisoned parents are reasons placing children at risks of trafficking, exploitations as well as physical, emotional and sexual abuses, she said.

The one-day event was organised by Social Services of Cambodia (SSC) through the support from Plan International, Save the Children, World Vision and Child Fund.

Child protection expert in charge of the project Mr. Ty Sovannary explained that the event intends also to build evidences for government to standardise the mechanism across Cambodia so as to promote child friendly environment in the communities for children to grow to their fullest potential.

Latest study available suggests that children still experience violence of different forms by intimate partner, parent, adult relative, or community member. The experience significantly hinders their development and social participation.

One of two children experienced physical violence, one of four suffered emotional mistreatment, and one of 20 was sexually abused, highlighted the 2013 report.

These mentioned, community-based social workers have been selected and trained to provide psycho and social counselling to child victims in piloted areas. Experience shows that communes with community-based social workers effectively help re-integrate particularly severely violated children into their society.

Despite the hard work of the Royal Government of Cambodia, some gaps remain, continued H.E. Nhep Sopheap, so skilled community-based social workers supported by development partners play an important role in addressing issues faced by children effectively.

To over 40 participating delegates of the gathering, the secretary general also urged a productive discussion to reflect and learn in order to enhance the services of the community-based social workers.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press