Law reform guide


Ending corporal punishment of children: A short guide to effective law reform

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Publication date

July 2019

Type of publication



English, French, Arabic

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Prohibition of corporal punishment is fundamental to child protection, and the experience of states that have achieved effective prohibition shows that legal protection supports change in attitudes and behaviour. Through the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and other fora, governments all over the world have committed to ending violence against children. Now is the time to turn those commitments into action. With this guide, we aim to support governments and civil society working to end violence against children through effective prohibition of corporal punishment. The guide sets out the key stages of law reform, provides an overview of the work involved with essential hints and tips, and directs you to where more detailed information is available for each area of work.

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