Implementation Guidance: a strategy to eliminate violent punishment of children

This guidance provides practical information to support the implementation of laws prohibiting corporal punishment, describing the key steps for moving from prohibition to elimination of corporal punishment.

 

Implementation guidance cover small

Title

Laying the foundation for non-violent childhoods: putting prohibition of corporal punishment of children into practice

Published by

Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Publication date

June 2021

Languages

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian and Spanish additional languages in process

The ultimate goal of prohibiting corporal punishment is to ensure that no child ever experiences it - by eliminating its use completely.

Legal prohibition sends a strong message that hitting and hurting a child, for whatever reason, is wrong, just as hitting and hurting adults is wrong. But law reform alone will not eliminate corporal punishment.

Steps must be taken to put prohibition into practice, so that corporal punishment is no longer seen as acceptable, and enabling a shift in attitudes and behaviour towards positive, non-violent childrearing methods. 

This guidance provides practical information to support the implementation of laws prohibiting corporal punishment in all settings, describing five key steps for moving from prohibition to elimination of corporal punishment.

 

Key steps corporal punishment

With sections on each of the steps, the guidance describes how straightforward measures can be implemented to make effective progress in eliminating violent punishment of children.

The guidance is available in eight languages.

 

 

This guidance accompanies our report 'Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: laying the foundation for non-violent childhoods' also published in the context of the Together to #ENDviolence Solutions Summit Series in April 2021.