Positive discipline resources
This section of the website lists a wide range of resources for the promotion of positive, non-violent discipline among parents, teachers, other adults who work with children and children and young people themselves.
Law reform to prohibit all corporal punishment of children is a human rights imperative. Prohibition cannot wait for a transformation in traditional attitudes and practices but should be seen as the foundation for that transformation. The promotion of law reform, awareness raising about children’s right to protection and, where reform has been achieved, awareness raising about the law should go hand in hand with the promotion of positive, non-violent and respectful relationships with children in all settings of their lives.
While civil society organisations can and do raise awareness about children’s right to protection and about positive discipline, ultimately, governments should take responsibility for this process, including through providing education and training for parents and professionals. For more information on promoting positive discipline in conjunction with promoting law reform, see the Global Initiative’s Campaigns Manual (2010).
How the resources are organised
Resources for parents will be useful for all those in a caregiving role, including extended family members and foster carers. The term “parents” is used for convenience.
The majority of resources listed as being for teachers or aimed at schools are primarily focussed on education settings, but some could also apply in other settings where children are cared for and be used by other professionals working directly with children.
Resources are listed according to their primary audience(s) and setting(s) but may also be useful to others outside these categories. Resources for all audiences and settings may be useful for advocates of law reform to prohibit all corporal punishment – for example, to address concerns about prohibition and as part of understanding what is needed for its implementation.
All resources are freely available unless otherwise stated.
Summary resources for parents – factsheets, handouts and websites primarily for use by parents themselves
Summary resources for teachers – factsheets and handouts primarily for use by teachers themselves
In-depth resources for parents and those working with them – including books and training manuals primarily for use by parents and those working with them
In-depth resources for schools – including books and training manuals primarily for use by teachers and those working with them
Resources for professionals – aimed primarily at those working at a policy level for children, for example policy-makers and school administrations.