Parental punishment

Other Names:
Corporal punishment in the home
Parental beating of children
Painful physical discipline of children

Some parents may choose to punish their children by physically hitting them, either with the hand or with a cane, strap, or other implement. There is no evidence that such physical punishment has a positive effect on the child's behaviour. On the contrary, it is a form of assault from which adults are legally protected but children are not.


A UK childminder was refused re-registration after resisting the professional guidelines which prohibit slapping, smacking or shaking of children in care.

A 1995 US survey of parents claimed that 65% had spanked their child. Half the parents agreed with the statement that it is sometimes necessary to discipline a child with 'a good hard spanking'.

Reduced By:
Spoilt children
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
17.10.2021 – 11:00 CEST