Early childhood briefing 2014


Young children’s right to an end to all violent punishment

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Publication date

July 2014

Type of publication



English, Spanish

Young children are among the most likely to experience corporal punishment and are most vulnerable to its many negative effects. Yet despite widespread concern about violence against young children in the home and elsewhere, the legal and social acceptance of violent punishment is rarely highlighted in child protection work in the early childhood sector. Similarly, the legality and practice of violent punishment is seldom explicitly addressed in the promotion of early childhood care and education services or in efforts to improve young children’s health and development.

This briefing urges organisations promoting improved conditions for young children to incorporate advocacy for the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment into their work on violence against children, early childhood care and education, children’s health and development and other related topics.

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Early childhood briefing 2014 (EN)
Young children’s right to an end to all violent punishment
Early childhood briefing 2014 (ES)
Acabar con el castigo violento en todas sus formas es un derecho del niño de edad infantil