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.
In today's episode Wendy Thorogood, Director of the Association of Child Protection Professionals introduces our Special Interest Group (SIG) focusing on Children and Young People in Care and Care Experienced. Wendy is joined by the SIG Chair Penny Earney.