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Child Protection Specialists and Practitioners Trained to Respond to Online Child Sexual Exploitation

Siem Reap: July 7-9, the Cambodian National Council for Children (CNCC) of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation in cooperation with APLE Cambodia organised a three-day skill training on ‘Preventing and Responding to Online Child Sexual Exploitation’, bringing together 50 participants with the central role of protecting children, including government’s inter-ministry officials, police and NGO practitioners.

Designed to enhance the required knowledge and skill, the training focused on the analysis of OCSE and its manifestations, relevant offences and national/international legal frameworks as well as the understanding of workable strategies to respond in term of the prevention of online threats, the protection and support for victims, and the prosecution of these crimes.

Amongst other speakers, APLE Executive Director, Seila Samleang, delivered a training focusing on the forms of OCSE and how it manifests (Online Grooming, CSAM, Sexting, Sextortion & Live-streaming of Sexual Exploitation of Children), and how the Internet Hotline can help to eliminate Child Sexual Abuse Material on the internet and ensure effective collaboration between law enforcement, hotlines/helplines, online services providers and other prevention initiatives. Thanks to the other brilliant speakers touching on the police experience investigating cybercrime and presenting on the significant impact of OCSE on young victims and what support services are crucial for their recovery and rehabilitation.

Throughout the panelist discussion, the participants highlighted the critical importance of preventing abuse in the first place, addressing current loopholes, enhancing the criminal justice capacity and increasing cooperation between industry, civil society and private sector.

This training would not have been possible without the appreciable financial support of Terre des Hommes Netherlands and ECPAT Sweden. APLE is proud to support such capacity building initiatives and will continue to partner with CNCC to deliver similar training in the future. By working together, we can make our fight against online child sexual abuse and exploitation more effective.