The AoCPP welcomes the recent call by the Children's Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, to ban the corporal punishment of children in England following the introduction of bans in Wales and Scotland.
The physical punishment of children is both ineffective and potentially harmful to their health and development.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has definitively stated that physical punishment is a form of violence that violates children’s rights to protection, dignity, and physical security.
The AoCPP believes that parents and carers need to be supported to enable them to raise their children in non-abusive, nurturing and healthy ways and that a ban on physical punishment gives a clear signal that such an approach is no longer acceptable.
The Association of Child Protection Professionals welcomes the publication of the ‘Independent assurance review of the effectiveness of multi-agency responses to child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester’. This provides an opportunity to understand ‘lessons learned’ and to consider what next for supporting practitioners working with potential victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE).