Don Bosco Technical School and Don Bosco Children Fund of Kep Province, Southeast Cambodia, is committed to protect children under 18 from any action by any adult or by another child that would make a child vulnerable or a victim. It includes children who receive a benefit from any project of Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia (DBFC) and also those who are not necessarily enrolled in any program, but could be affected any way.
We recognize that several Cambodian children, especially those who are poorer, vulnerable or at risk, are target of violence, abuse, exploitation and many other actions that destroy their dignity. We are committed that any child or young person would face any sort of harm or risk when they enter in contact with our different educative projects. This framework policy for the protection of children and youth, help us to guarantee that children and youth must be and must feel always safe in our environments and when enter in contact with any person around our educative environment.
The Projects of DBFC, dedicated to guarantee education of poor and vulnerable children and youth, stand definitively for the protection of children’s human rights and encourage others to do so. In the Cambodian Constitution, Chapter III, there are several articles establishing the protection of children and women’s rights. Protection of children and women in Cambodia are also established in different agreements of the national legislation. Read More
In Cambodia a minor is a person under 18 years old. However, the age of consent is 15. According to the Article 8 of the Law for suppression of the kidnapping, trafficking and exploitation of human persons, it is written:
Any person who commits debauchery acts onto a minor person of below 15 years old, even if there is consent from the concerned minor person or if upon buying such minor person from somebody else or from a head of the prostitutes, shall be subject to punishment from ten (10) to twenty (20) years in prison. In case of not giving up, the maximum punishment term shall be applied.
The court may, in addition to the above principal punishment, apply a sub-punishment by restriction of the civil rights and non-authorization of residence.
In our Don Bosco Cambodia projects, all children and youth enrolled in our programs are considered vulnerable people. It applies especially for the following individuals:
- Children under 18 years old.
- Children and youth who are coming from very poor communities and do not have more opportunities, so they trust in the Don Bosco projects to have a better future.
- Girls and young women of any age.
- Children and youth with disabilities.
- Children and youth who have been abused, rescued from human trafficking, child workers, child beggars, orphans, or victims of domestic violence or abandonment.
- Children and youth who are victims of discrimination by their families or communities for their physical disabilities, sexual preferences, gender, ethnicity or any other kind of discrimination.
All these persons are considered vulnerable. In this case, they must be the subject of special attention and care.
Teachers, volunteers, staff and any person involved in any Project of Don Bosco in Cambodia, either permanent or temporary, must adhere to the policies set up to protect the children. Read More
If you see something suspicious that could put a child in danger of any sort of abuse, please report it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 097 3712020 in Kep or Kampot Province.
Other actions to prevent child abuse in Cambodia:
- Don’t give money to child beggars. Most of them are used by criminal adults.
- Don’t buy things from children on beaches or other tourist spots after 6 p.m. as it will keep them there after dark.
- The little girl and a baby asking for a pot of milk is a scam, don’t believe it.
- Don’t accept “child tourist guides”. Ignore them and they will not follow you.
- Don’t participate in “orphanage tourism”. It is a scam. If you want to donate to orphanages, investigate which ones are real and provide funds directly to them.
For further reading click on the links below:
- Don Bosco Kep Children Fund
- Don Bosco Foundation of Cambodia
- Child Rights International Network about the Cambodian national laws on children’s rights.
- Suppression of the kidnapping, trafficking and exploitation of human persons