chapter  19
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Sweden: A 30-Year Ban on Physical Punishment of Children

BySTAFFAN JANSON, BODIL LÅNGBERG, BIRGITTA SVENSSON

In 2009, it was 30 years since Sweden introduced a ban on all forms of violent and emotionally abusive treatment of children by their caregivers. In so doing, Sweden became the fi rst country in the world to prohibit violence as a means of child-rearing. The abolition of corporal punishment means that children in Sweden have the same legal rights as adults to integrity and protection from violence and other humiliating treatment.