European Network of Ombudspersons - statement on corporal punishment
As spokespeople for the children of Europe, we believe that eliminating violent and humiliating forms of discipline is a vital strategy for improving children's status as people, and reducing child abuse and all other forms of violence in European societies. Europe
UK Children's Commissioners statement against the physical punishment of children
The condoning of smacking gets in the way of progress. It confuses parents, inhibits child protection, undermines the promotion of positive forms of discipline and breaches the Convention on the Rights of the Child. United Kingdom
Corporal punishment of children is illegal in Nordic countries.
Nordic societies commonly agree that children are better educated with words than with violence. Teaching through beating and pain is just not part of our values as a society. Sweden
The case against hitting - upholding children's rights
This research review makes the case for reform based on children's rights. Children are the only group in the society who can be legally assaulted by hitting. United Kingdom
Children talk about smacking - a research report
Save our Children in the United Kingdom deliberately chose to listen to the views of younger children because they are most likely to be hit in the home. United Kingdom
Towards a corporal punishment free Europe - a matter of children's right
Thanks to the recommendations of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Council of Europe's strong human rights mechanisms, prohibition of all corporal punishment of children is now accelerating across Europe. Wales
The Royal Australian College of Pediatricians - statement opposing physical punishment
The Pediatrics & Child Health Division believes that the use of force, either physical force and/or psychological threats, is an ineffective and unhelpful method of punishment and discipline of children. Australia
Corporal punishment - a human rights issue
Corporal punishment of children breaches their fundamental human rights to respect for human dignity and physical integrity. Its legality challenges the universal right to equal protection under the law.
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