Global report 2016


Ending legalised violence against children: Global progress to December 2016

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children & Save the Children Sweden

Publication date

December 2016

Type of publication




The year 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the World Report on Violence against Children to the UN General Assembly. This anniversary edition of our annual global report celebrates the significant progress made towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment in the last decade, to December 2016, and 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 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.

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