This guidance provides practical information to support the implementation of laws prohibiting corporal punishment, describing the key steps for moving from prohibition to elimination of corporal punishment.
The ultimate goal of prohibiting corporal punishment is to ensure that no child ever experiences it - by eliminating its use completely. Legal prohibition sends a strong message that hitting and hurting a child, for whatever reason, is wrong, just as hitting and hurting adults is wrong. But law reform alone will not eliminate corporal punishment. Steps must be taken to put prohibition into practice, so that corporal punishment is no longer seen as acceptable, and enabling a shift in attitudes and behaviour towards positive, non-violent childrearing methods.
This guidance provides practical information to support the implementation of laws prohibiting corporal punishment in all settings, describing five key steps for moving from prohibition to elimination of corporal punishment. With sections on each of the steps, the guidance describes how straightforward measures can be implemented to make effective progress in eliminating violent punishment of children.
This guidance accompanies our report 'Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: laying the foundation for non-violent childhoods' also published in the context of the Together to #ENDviolence Solutions Summit Series in April 2021.