Scotland prohibits all corporal punishment of children

On 3 October 2019, the Scottish Parliament adopted the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act in a historic move which sees Scotland becoming the first nation in the United Kingdom to provide children with equal protection from assault. Section 1 of the Act, which was introduced by Green MSP John Finnie, repeals section 51 […]

South Africa prohibits all corporal punishment of children

On 18 September 2019, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that the common law defence of ‘reasonable and moderate chastisement’ was unconstitutional, effectively banning all corporal punishment of children. Along with the Children’s Institute, the Peace Centre, Sonke Gender Justice, the Centre for Child Law, the Parent Centre and the Dullah Omar Institute for […]

Is your state committed to prohibiting all corporal punishment of children?

All states have an obligation to prohibit all forms of corporal punishment of children. Those which are yet to do so often publicly express a political commitment to achieve prohibition, but we have noticed that some of those ‘committed’ states have made no progress in realising this commitment or have since backtracked on it. Commitment […]

We are recruiting interns

The Global Initiative is seeking an intern to support the advocacy team working towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment. The role is available from October 2019 to March 2020 (negotiable) based in our London office. If you are interested in working with us but want more flexible hours, or if you are living outside the […]

African newsletter (issue 32) is out now in English and French

Our African newsletters are published quarterly in English and French, providing a round-up of recent developments, campaigns and positive moves towards ending corporal punishment from across the continent. This latest edition also presents new resources to support advocacy on the issue, as well as information from African and UN human rights monitoring bodies, including new […]