All over the world, children are hit and hurt by adults responsible for their care and education. In a minority of countries – though far too many – children in conflict with the law may be sentenced by the courts to corporal punishment when they are convicted of a crime. Corporal punishment – the most pervasive and too often legally endorsed form of punishment – is a serious breach of children’s rights, as human beings, to respect for their human dignity and physical and mental integrity. It breaches their rights to protection from all forms of violence and to equal protection under the law.
This comprehensive new guide published jointly by the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children and Save the Children Sweden aims to support child rights advocates in challenging the legality and practice of corporal punishment of children in all settings – in the home, in schools, and in justice and care settings.
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