Child protection in Cambodia

Ensuring all children, especially the most marginalised, are protected from violence, abuse and neglect.

Girls perform a dance as part of a child protection programme

Plan International Cambodia and partners work with children’s clubs and networks as well as communities and local authorities to establish effective referrals and reporting mechanisms for any form of violence or abuse towards children. We also ensure girls’ rights and specific needs are upheld through our family protection networks.

At the national level, we have collaborated closely with the Cambodia National Council for Children (CNCC), other concerned government agencies and NGO partners to develop key policies, including:

  • The National Child Participation Guideline
  • The first National Action Plan for Child Development 2016-2018
  • The National Child Protection Commission, Juvenile Justice Law, sub-degree on Child Protection in All Settings
  • Child Protection Policy in School.

Since 2004, over 120 children’s councils and 200 children’s clubs have been created to promote the awareness of children’s rights in schools and communities.

We have also set up 345 family protection networks – community-based mechanisms that link communities with the relevant services so they can refer cases of violence against children.

We also coordinate civil society to service providers to ensure quality child protection services and joint advocacy.

Our work in this area directly contributes Sustainable Development Goals 5 (gender equality*) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions*).

Key targets

  • 200 community-based mechanisms established
  • 1,400 children learn to protect themselves and response to violence
  • 15,000 parents and caregivers practice positive, gender-sensitive, and non-violent parenting
  • 4,000 sub-national government and non-government officials learn to protect children and respond to child abuse
  • 30 communes access at least 3 child protection services.


  • European Union
  • Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
  • Plan International Sweden and Plan International UK.

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