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One third of Council of Europe member states have made corporal punishment illegal and a number of others are committed to legal reform. But despite these positive developments, corporal punishment remains lawful in most countries and is still perceived as an acceptable form of "discipline", in particular in the home. Lawfulness of corporal punishment is also contrary to the right of children to equal protection under the law.
Abolishing corporal punishment of children calls for action at different levels. It requires comprehensive changes in legislation and new policy measures to ensure proper implementation and guidance for those working with children and families. It also requires comprehensive awareness raising to inform the public about children's human rights and to change attitudes and behaviours.
By: CouncilofEurope (13.12)
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