Family Care First focuses on preventing family separation across Cambodia. Part of this project is to embed a whole of community approach to address the complex issues that lead to family separation. This whole of community approach is being piloted by CCT. FCF builds on the work CCT is currently doing, providing an opportunity to expand the reach of services to children and families and increase the number of Social Workers based in communities.
CCT is working to build capacity at a commune and village level to address child protection issues and to provide families with support services. Through this project CCT Social Workers work across 11 villages with more than 6,200 families and 16,400 children. The family preservation model aims to build community capacity and strengthen the response from village, commune and provincial level so that community leaders can identify vulnerable children and families and refer them to CCT Social Workers for targeted support.
Through the initial set-up phase of this project, communities identified key leaders who were trained as Village Based Social Workers (VBSW). VBSW work directly with low risk families and build capacity with village leaders, schools, health services and the community via educational workshops focusing on child protection and child safety. VBSW are supported by Senior Social Workers who respond to complex cases in the community, provide ongoing training and support and assess and review the supports in place for families requiring targeted interventions.