In most of Europe today, society tolerates and even approves some recurrent forms of violence against children, in particular those inflicted in the family setting. No religion, belief, economic situation or "educational" method can ever justify hitting, smacking, spanking, mutilating, abusing, humiliating, or any other practice that violates a child's dignity. It is internationally recognised in human rights law that children have a right to protection from all forms of violence, including corporal punishment in all settings (home, school, penal systems, alternative care).
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 h
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