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Position Statements Against Corporal Punishment

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

Position statement adopted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP). The position statement calls for elimination of corporal punishment in home, schools, and other settings where children are cared for and educated.

Pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) who work with families are in a strategic position to assess the discipline practices of the families they see and to counsel parents to avoid those that are harmful, ineffective, or abusive. NAPNAP advocates for child-rearing practices that develop caring, responsible, and self-disciplined adults. NAPNAP believes that it is necessary to eliminate corporal punishment in the home, schools and other settings where children are cared for or educated.

Association for Childhood Education International

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) has sought to "promote the inherent rights, education, and well-being of all children in home, school, and community." Consistent with its overall mission, another major goal of the Association is to "facilitate desirable conditions, programs, and practices for children from infancy through early adolescence."

ACEI has actively supported the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, since its adoption in November 1989. The Convention is the most highly ratified human rights agreement in history. The Convention is important because it serves to focus attention on children's issues and it provides the legal basis for improving the living conditions for children worldwide. The Convention seeks to establish certain minimum standards that all governments that sign the doctrine agree to follow, which guarantee a child's basic needs, protections, and freedoms.

Article 19 of the Convention specifies that State Parties (i.e., governments that ratify the Convention) must take appropriate measures to protect children from "all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation." In most countries/states, laws are already in place that spell out what kinds of discipline are considered excessive or abusive. Although the Convention does not specifically address what forms of discipline should be used in the home, it strongly supports parents providing nonviolent guidance and direction to their children. In school, administrators are expected to take into account the child's "human dignity" and eliminate any discipline practices that may cause physical or mental harm.

The Natural Child Project

The Natural Child Project works toward a world in which all children are treated with dignity, respect, understanding, and compassion. Their site includes articles and advice by leading writers on attachment parenting, unschooling, and child advocacy, helping parents and professionals see all of life, including all forms of punishment, from the child's point of view.

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