Who We Are
End Corporal Punishment is a critical initiative of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. Previously known as The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, we carry out a wide range of activities specifically designed to catalyse progress towards universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children.
We work to end all corporal punishment worldwide by:
- Conducting and supporting national, regional and international advocacy with accurate information and tailored technical resources, guidance and assistance
- Providing an up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge hub with evidence on the legal status of corporal punishment, its prevalence and effects and tools to secure its elimination
- Providing technical assistance to governments and civil society, supporting them to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment
- Supporting a global movement of partners and supporters across all continents
The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was launched in July 2016 by the UN Secretary-General. Today, the End Violence Partnership is the only global entity focused solely on Sustainable Development Goal 16.2: ending all forms of violence against children. The Partnership is made up of over 700 partners, including governments, UN agencies, research institutions, international non-governmental organisations, foundations, civil society organisations, private sector groups, and more. Though different in many ways, one simple belief unites us all: every child deserves to grow up free from violence.
We want a world where children grow up free from violence. A world where everyone’s right to live without violence is respected, regardless of age. And we know it can be done!
We want every country to prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings of children’s lives, including the home, and to take steps to put the law into practice. Research in countries that have done this shows that when law reform is systematically implemented, the use of corporal punishment significantly and continuously declines.
Find out more about what research tells us about putting prohibiting laws into practice.
Banning corporal punishment does not mean raising children without boundaries or discipline.
Children need the guidance of parents, teachers and others in order to grow into responsible and positive members of society – but this does not require violence. We want children to be respected and valued for who they are. We want adults to understand children’s rights and developmental needs, and to engage with children in a way that helps to foster their own self-discipline, resilience and life-long skills, build stronger, more positive relationships between adults and children, and create safer, happier environments.
Violence affects children’s self-esteem and what they can achieve in life. It impacts on children’s health and development and rather than improve behaviour, it actually increases the risk of aggression and antisocial behaviour, both in childhood and later life.
Prohibiting corporal punishment is the essential foundation for increasing awareness about the dangers of its use and promoting positive ways of raising children – and it is an immediate obligation for governments under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).