Working with the street children of Sihanoukville, Cambodia
Our Child Protection activities operate in the local area helping children and their families. Activities include prevention and education, recovery and victim support, and providing temporary safe places for victims and vulnerable children.
Our team of Social Workers, Counselors, and Art Therapists provide services for a wide variety of problems including sex abuse, violence, drugs, crime, family situations, and life on the streets. In addition to working with individuals the Child Protection team also collaborates with the local school system and the police department. The team also works to increase community awareness of issues related to child's rights, sex abuse and violence.
Our 24-Hour Confidential Hotline enables members of the whole community to participate in protecting children in an easy and effective way. . As well as emergency cases, we also receive referrals alerting us to new migrant children to the city, referrals to our training and education centers and information on suspects.
The ChildSafe Network is building a protective environment for children. We train key local community people to keep their eyes open, recognize situations where children might be at risk and to know how to respond. There are now more than 400 certified members in the Sihanoukville ChildSafe network including beach sellers, hotel and guesthouse staff as well as motorcycle and "tuk- tuk" taxis.
M'Lop Tapang's ChildSafe and Child Protection teams also continue to partner with beach working children to create networks of trained youth on all Sihanoukville beaches to help keep themselves and their peers safe from abuse. This youth network now consists of 60 children, who attend monthly workshops at M'Lop Tapang, and who are monitored daily our Child Protection workers.
M'lop Tapang operates two Night Shelters that offer safe, temporary shelter to children and youth in need, such as victims or those at risk of sexual abuse, neglect, abandonment, or those waiting to be reintegrated with their families. In 2012, more than 100 girls and boys were provided safe temporary housing of our Night Shelters.