About the Child Protection Unit

In 2013 Cambodian Children’s Fund set up a special unit of police, investigators and after care specialists to tackle the issue of serious child abuse in Cambodia.

Crimes against children including homicide, sexual assault, child trafficking and all forms of abuse require a specialized and coordinated response from investigative and support agencies. The Child Protection Unit is a unique undertaking, partnering experienced Western police investigators with the Cambodian National Police to investigate the most egregious cases of child abuse that are often beyond the resources of local police departments.


How the CPU is Unique

The CPU has introduced new forensic techniques and provided equipment to gather and collect better evidence to assist the prosecution case and likelihood of prosecution. CPU is the first NGO to utilise luminol, semen tests and blood tests and we are moving very close to DNA.

Our holistic approach is a first for Cambodia and is being received very well, however we have a process to ensure constant review and refinement to ensure the best service delivery to the child.

We are very proud of the fact that had the CCF CPU not been in existence at least four young victims would not be with us.

Our ability to provide immediate medical assistance, medivacs and continued treatment using our partner hospitals has saved lives and is imperative to our work.



1,350+ Cases and 1,140 Arrests
Since the CPU began on July 10, 2013, we have conducted in excess of 1,350 investigations, leading to 1,140 arrests (84% of cases). This has increased conviction rates from below 14% in 2011 to consistently above 80% since inception.

Specialist Training
The CPU has trained 800 Cambodian National Police and CPU staff – each course has been specifically designed for the needs of the CNP and is delivered by former and current UK and Australian police.

• 200 Cambodian Police trained in the investigation of Child Abuse and Serious Crime.
• 48 Policewomen trained in specialist child interview techniques.


To get in touch with the Child Protection Unit, please contact:

[email protected]
023 993 633 (FAX)



A Unique Approach To Child Protection

Child Protection Unit (CPU) News


4 July 2019

7 staff honoured for their work helping protect Cambodia’s vulnerable children CPU staff and international...


4 July 2019

First of its kind initiative in Cambodia by CPU sees international experts offer murder case...

Horrific Double Murder of Grandmother and Child Kompong Cham

4 April 2019

Task Force ECHO 19 Joint Task Force ECHO19 has been established comprising of the CPU,...

Task Force Quebec Established to investigate the homicide of 2 Children

19 October 2018

At about 9.30pm pm on the 17th of October, in Borribo District, Kompong Chhnang, Srey...