Latin America progress briefing 2015


Progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in Latin America


Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, UNICEF & Save the Children 


Publication date

May 2015


Type of publication




English, Spanish


This briefing charts the remarkable progress made towards prohibition  of corporal punishment in Latin America, where:

  • Eight of the 19 Latin American states have now enacted legislation which protects children from corporal punishment in all settings, including the home;
  • Almost half of children (49%) are fully protected in law from all corporal punishment in all settings, compared to the global figure of just 9%. 

It also sets out what needs to be done in those states that have yet to achieve law reform. Crucially, it identifies immediate opportunities for drafting and introducing prohibiting legislation in these states. 

The briefing was distributed at the 6th World Congress on School Violence and Public Policies in Lima, Peru, May 2015.


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