Reforming national laws to prohibit corporal punishment

Drafting legislation which clearly prohibits all corporal punishment of children involves understanding current law, drafting new legislation which would prohibit, and then taking (or making) opportunities to introduce the relevant bill into parliament and to ensure its passage into law. National advocacy for prohibition should always involve the drafting of concrete proposals for new legislation.

Understanding current law

Understanding current legislation relevant to corporal punishment of children is the first step towards drafting new legislation which would achieve prohibition.

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What law reform means

Reforming the law so that it prohibits all corporal punishment is often overcomplicated. The essential elements are set out here.

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Opportunities for law reform

Laws in virtually all states and territories are being revised and reformed, often with the express aim of harmonising them with international human rights standards. When these laws are relevant to children, they provide immediate opportunities for introducing and enacting legal prohibition of all corporal punishment.

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