The Convention on the Rights of the Child guarantees children’s protection from all forms of violence, including physical punishment. It also recognizes children’s rights to respect and dignity.
The 2006 World Report on Violence against Children, a global study of violence against children carried out by the United Nations. The study found that maltreatment occurs in children’s homes in every country of the world – and that it is often based in long-held cultural practices, as well as a lack of awareness of children’s human rights. The World Report on Violence against Children makes recommendations for reducing violence against children in their homes.
These recommendations emphasize the importance of:
- Changing cultural practices that contribute to violence against children, including the elimination of corporal punishment.
- Promoting non-violent communication and relationships with children.
- Building parents’ skills in non-violent discipline, problem-solving and conflict resolution.
- Respecting the whole child and their family, their dignity, and their developmental needs.
- Increasing understanding of child development.
- Increasing awareness of children’s rights.
What is Positive Discipline?
“Positive discipline” is non-violent and respectful of the child as a learner. It is an approach to teaching that helps children succeed, gives them information, and supports their growth. Positive discipline provides a foundation for parents and care givers. It is a set of principles that can be applied in a wide range of situations. In fact, it is a set of principles that can guide all of your interactions with your children, not just the challenging ones. Positive discipline brings together: what we know about children’s healthy development, findings of research on effective parenting, and child rights principles.
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