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date: 12 May 2021

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Debates over corporal punishment’s effectiveness have come to an end. No study has shown it to have long-term benefits, while many have demonstrated its substantial and wide-ranging risks. Today, the primary focus is on ending it. The increasing recognition of children as rights-bearers is leading an ever-growing number of countries to legally prohibit corporal punishment of children. These laws are intended to foster recognition of children’s rights to protection from all violence, reduce approval and use of corporal punishment, and lower the threshold for tolerance of violence against children. Population-level data from Sweden, Germany, and New Zealand indicate that these changes are taking place. Additional research suggests that a combination of prohibition and large-scale public education is the most effective route to ending the corporal punishment of children.

Keywords: corporal punishment, violence, prohibition, law reform, public education, attitudes, children’s rights, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

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