Committee on the Rights of the Child: Denmark

Session 076 (2017)

(29 September 2017, CRC/C/DNK/CO/5, Concluding observations on fifth report, Advance unedited version, para. 18)

“While noting with appreciation that corporal punishment is unlawful, the Committee, in view of reports that violence against children within the family continues to occur, draws the State party’s attention to its general comment No. 8 (2006) on corporal punishment and recommends that the State party:

(a) Increase its efforts to raise awareness about the unlawfulness of violence against children, including corporal punishment, and adequately implement this prohibition, and, in collaboration with the media and the education sector, ensure that children are informed about their right to be free from violence;

(b) Promote positive, non-violent and participatory forms of child-rearing and discipline and provide support to parents who have problems with their childrearing duties.”

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Session 056 (2011)

(7 April 2011, CRC/C/DNK/CO/4, Concluding observations on fourth report, paras. 38 and 39)

"The Committee notes with concern that corporal punishment is lawful in the home and in alternative care settings in the Faroe Islands and that, although Government Circular No. 1 on School Discipline (12 January 1994) states that corporal punishment should not be used, there is no explicit prohibition in law.

"The Committee urges the State party to take measures to ensure that corporal punishment is prohibited in all settings and throughout its territory and to conduct awareness-raising and public education programmes with a view to encouraging the use of alternative disciplinary measures in line with the inherent dignity of the child, while taking due account of the Committee’s general comment No. 8 (2006) on the right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment."

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Session 027 (2001)

(10 July 2001, CRC/C/15/Add.151, Concluding observations on second report, para. 6)

"The Committee notes with satisfaction that in 1997, the right of parents to use corporal punishment on their children was abolished by law. The Committee expresses further satisfaction at the nationwide awareness raising campaign undertaken to inform parents about the new legislation. The Committee notes the efforts to include material in minority languages as a follow-up to the campaign."

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