Non-violent Childhoods: Moving on from Corporal Punishment in the Baltic Sea Region

This two-year project, led by the Council of the Baltic Sea States, in cooperation with the Global Initiative and supported by the European Union, aims to promote effective implementation of legal bans on corporal punishment through collaborative, multi-stakeholder planning and action.
The initiative draws on the experience of states in the Baltic Sea Region where ten out of 11 states have prohibited all corporal punishment – ranging from those with over 30 years’ experience implementing the ban to those that have just recently embarked on this journey.

National consultations were held throughout 2017 in Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Estonia and Poland, and a series of thematic expert consultations were held earlier this year to inform the development of five guidance materials to convey key messages and best practices for bringing national laws into practice:

  • A step by step guide to implementing prohibition of corporal punishment, in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Implementing the ban on corporal punishment in domestic settings in the best interests of the child
  • Effective campaigning to raise awareness of the law, children's right to protection from corporal punishment
  • Parenting programmes and the promotion of non-violent discipline options for parents and other carers
  • Guidance for service providers in different fields such as health, education and social services


The guidance reports will be launched at a conference on 15-16 November 2018, in Stockholm, Sweden. Download the conference flyer and register your interest below. 

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Full reports of the national consultations are now available. Read the reports and more about the initiative, national partners and activities on the project website: 

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