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Child Protection Skills Training, 31 National Police Officers Trained

Phnom Penh: On August 13-14, a two full-day training workshop focusing on ‘child-friendly investigative procedure’ was jointly organised by the Ministry of Interior’s Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department and APLE Cambodia, attended by 31 specialised police officers who are mainly in charge of crime against children at national level.

This training focused on specific topics including the physical and psychological impact of sexual abuse on a child, children’s rights to protection, principles of child-sensitive intervention, child-friendly standard operating procedure, child interviewing and online child sexual exploitation – the emerging form, combined with the diverse experiences and perspectives exchanged through discussion and case study learning activities.

Lieutenant Pol. Gen. H.E Chiv Phally, Director of the Anti Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection Department, said, at the opening ceremony, that this training will provide the important knowledge and skills required to work more effectively with children, ensuring their legal rights and best interests are respected throughout the investigative process.

Today’s training was part of the capacity building program designed for government’s institutions working in the criminal justice system, with the aim of improving the skills and practice of officers with a child protection mandate to better respond to child sexual abuse cases and protect young victims. This program would not have been possible without the generous financial support of Terre des Hommes Netherlands and Bread for the World.

Seila Samleang, Executive Director of APLE, praised the national police for their continued effort in capacity development and strong commitment to keep up good practice on cases involving children.