Outlaw corporal punishment of children in the UK

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On 1 July 1979, Sweden became the world's first nation to explicitly ban corporal punishment of children. This was achieved through an amendment to the Parenthood and Guardianship Code that stated: 'Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing. Children are to be treated with respect for their person and individuality and may not be subjected to corporal punishment or any other humiliating treatment.' Since South Africa banned corporal punishment in late 2017, corporal punishment of children by parents (or other adults) is banned in 55 countries. The United Kingdom is not one of them. Children deserve and need the same protection against battery as adults. In fact, they need it more, because they are more vulnerable than most adults and at the mercy of their parents or guardians. Hitting children only teaches them that violence is an acceptable, viable solution. But it is not. We should not be surprised at the level of violence in our society if this is what we teach the next generation at this early and most impressionable of ages. Parents and guardians are there to protect the children in their care, not to subject them to hurtful, demeaning and traumatic corporal punishment. Please help to make the United Kingdom the 56th country to ban corporal punishment of children.



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