2024 blog series: A critical year to #EndCorporalPunishment:

In 2015 the world made a commitment to end violence against children by 2030. Every country signed up to SDG target 16.2, pledging to end all forms of violence, including corporal punishment. With only six years to go, progress has been made – but far too little, and children continue to experience high levels of violence in many contexts of their lives.

Alarmingly, in 2024 corporal punishment of children is still lawful in 132 states, only 14% of the world's children are fully protected from violent punishment by law, and it remains an everyday experience of violence for vast numbers of the world's children.

In our 2024 blog series we bring you a range of leaders, experts and advocates from across sectors and geographies, presenting evidence, experience and opinion, arguing for more commitment and action to end corporal punishment of children.


2024 guest author blogs

July: Enacting legislation

Ireland’s Journey: “Why didn’t we do this years ago?” - Read

It was the proudest achievement of my term as a Senator to have championed and secured the effective ban on the physical punishment of children in Ireland.


Jillian van Turnhout, Former Senator, Ireland

April: Commentary

It is time to end corporal punishment everywhere and keep our 2030 promise to children - Read

Taken together, the prevalence, impacts and costs of corporal punishment indicate that a preventative, public health approach is an urgent priority.

Etienne Krug

Etienne Krug, Director, Department of Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

April: Evidence and impact

New data shows modest but important decline in corporal punishment in Tunisia, affecting hundreds of thousands of children - Read


Antoine Deliege, PhD, Chief Child Protection, UNICEF Tunisia