Problem

Parental punishment

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

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.

Background:

Traditionally, the physical punishment of children has been considered "reasonable chastisement" for the purpose of "lawful correction" of undesired behaviour. Article 3 of the Human Rights Convention prohibits degrading treatment or punishment of children by their parents or those acting for their parents.

Incidence:

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 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
06.04.2020 – 13:04 CEST