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End corporal punishment of children

Churches’ Network for Non-violence   Contact us  for resources

Support the Global Initiative to End all Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva in 2001. It aims to act as a catalyst to encourage more action and progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents; to encourage governments and other organisations to “own” the issue and work actively on it; and to support national campaigns with relevant information and assistance. The context for all its work is the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its aims are supported by UNICEF, UNESCO, human rights institutions, and international and national NGOs.

Support the U.S. Alliance: The U.S. Alliance brings together individuals, groups and organisations to create a unified voice calling for, and working toward, the end of all forms of physical and emotional punishment of children in schools and homes. The Alliance, through education and legal means, seeks to end all social justification and legal authorization of corporal punishment.

  •  Encourage religious leaders and communities to take a lead in promoting law reform to give children equal protection and support parents in positive non-violent discipline. Religious leaders have opportunities to speak out and raise awareness through their existing roles and functions.  Use our handbook as a resource: Ending corporal punishment of children – A handbook for working with and within religious communities
  • Challenge those who use their religion to justify physical punishment of children. Religious values of compassion, respect for human dignity, justice, equality and non-violence are not compatible with corporal punishment of children.  Contact us for resources
  • Invite religious leaders to sign a statement of support for legal reform. This model statement can be adapted by local inter-faith partnerships as a statement of solidarity, to use as an expression of support for NGO campaigns, or as a letter from local religious groups and individuals to lobby members of parliament or to gain broader support and forge new partnerships.

Model faith-based statements to download

A model statement for multi-religious communities

A Statement of Support from Muslim Leaders and Organisations

A Christian statement supporting legislation to end corporal punishment of children

Additional resources Raise awareness about the United Nations Study on Violence against Children. Run a discussion group or workshop in your church or community. Discuss ways of taking action in your local community. Follow the link to download the UN Study Report for children and adults.

Raise awareness and understanding of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Child Friendly Version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Welsh Government:

Unicef Child Rights Lesson Plans

Unicef Resources – Convention on the Rights of the Child