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

Updated 31 October 2019 to clarify the roles of our national partners   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. The Children’s Institute, the Peace Centre and Sonke Gender Justice were respondents […]