Global report 2016 is out now

The year 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the World Report on Violence against Children to the UN General Assembly. The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present this year’s edition of our annual global report, marking this 10th anniversary and celebrating the significant progress made towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment in the last decade. The report, Ending legalised violence against children: Global progress to December 2016, particularly highlights the major achievements of 2016 – a big year in the journey to end all corporal punishment. Most notably, 51 states and six territories worldwide now prohibit all corporal punishment of children and another 55 states have clearly committed to doing so.

The report highlights new campaigns and movements to end all violence against children, faith-based advocacy for reform to end corporal punishment, and ever-mounting research making visible this most common form of violence against children. The report also highlights the shortcomings of the past decade – the states where corporal punishment is not fully prohibited in any setting, the states where corporal punishment remains lawful as a sentence for crime, and the states that experienced setbacks in the journey towards prohibition of corporal punishment in 2016.

Designed to encourage and support action, the report sets out what still needs to be done to end all corporal punishment of children globally, and how to do it.

Download the full report here.

A limited number of hard copies is available for advocacy use, contact