5 Working with Government and Parliament


Campaigning for law reform to prohibit corporal punishment: Working with Government and Parliament. Summary Briefing 5

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Publication date

June 2009

Type of publication



English, French, Arabic

This briefing is part of a series of seven technical briefings on how to achieve legal reform to prohibit all corporal punishment of children, including in the home. The briefings summarise the steps needed to campaign successfully for governments to meet their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure children have the same protection from assault that adults have. Drawing on experiences of working with child rights advocates in global and regional workshops on law reform in 2008 and 2009, the briefings are intended to provide a reference point for planning and carrying out successful national campaigns.

It is Parliament that must accept new legislation or changes to existing legislation, so it is important to build interest and support for law reform in Parliament as early as possible. If Government has a majority in Parliament, then Government should be the first target for lobbying because legislation introduced to Parliament by the Government is likely to be passed. This briefing desribes effective methods of lobbying both Government and Parliament.

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