Schools report 2015


Towards non-violent schools: prohibiting all corporal punishment. Global report 2015


Published by

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


Publication date

May 2015


Type of publication




English, Spanish


“Can anything be more anti-educational than deliberately using violence to discipline children?”

Paulo Pinheiro, Independent Expert who led the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children


This global report charts progress towards prohibition of corporal punishment in schools and identifies the states where progress is not being made. It sets out the human rights standards relating to prohibition of corporal punishment, summarises research documenting the continued use of corporal punishment in schools and together with extracts from national legislation authorising corporal punishment as well as from laws prohibiting it, describes how laws can be reformed to achieve abolition. It also contains information on implementing prohibition in practice and on national and international campaigns on the issue. 

Identifying immediate opportunities for law reform in at least 46 of the 73 states where prohibition has not yet been fully achieved in schools, the report is both a call to action to end violent punishment of children in all places of learning and a tool for advocacy to make this happen through law reform and other measures.

The report was launched at the 6th World Congress on School Violence and Public Policies in Lima, Peru, 20-22 May 2015.


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