Effects of Banning Corporal Punishment in Europe: A Five-Nation Comparison
Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) gives children throughout the world the right to be raised without violence. A rapidly growing number of European nations have codifi ed this right in their laws. All of these nations based their legal regulations on the model of Sweden, the fi rst nation in the world to prohibit all corporal punishment of children. The Swedish Parenthood and Guardianship Code stipulates: “children may not be subjected to physical punishment or any other injurious or humiliating treatment” (Chapter 6, § 3, Phrase 2, translated).