Global progress and delay leaflet October 2015


Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: progress and delay


Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children  


Publication date

October 2015


Type of publication






The recent adoption of the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its target of ending all violence against children requires renewed attention to prohibiton and elimination of corporal punishment in all states. This revised and updated briefing summarises global progress and delay in achieving universal prohibition of all corporal punishment of children, including in the home, providing up to date facts and figures to support efforts to ensure states meet their obligations under international human rights law to protect children from corporal punishment in law and in practice.

The briefing identifies the now 46 states where prohibition has been achieved and the 52 where governments are publicly committed to law reform, as well as the 36 states where corporal punishment is lawful as a sentence of the courts and the 21 where it has not yet been fully prohibited in any setting of children's lives. Other information is graphically presented in this handy A5 leaflet.


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