UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children

The UN Secretary General’s 2006 Study on Violence against Children documented the huge scale of children’s experiences of violence, including corporal punishment, through consultations with children and adults in all regions. It recommended prohibition of all violence against children, including corporal punishment.

In May 2012, a Sub-Regional Meeting for the Follow-up to the UN Study on Violence against Children in the Caribbean was held in Kingston, Jamaica. At the meeting, a Regional Roadmap on the Protection of Children against all forms of violence in the Caribbean was adopted. One of its three priority recommendations is the adoption of national legislation prohibiting all forms of violence against children:

“States in the Caribbean are urged to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in all settings. This legal prohibition will send a clear message that all forms of violence against children and adolescents are inadmissible. The explicit prohibition on physical and humiliating punishment is essential, as is the repeal of defences currently included in legislation, including the term ‘moderate’ or ‘reasonable’, which introduces an element of discretion that is inconsistent with the rights of children and adolescents to their personal integrity and human dignity…. Sentences such [as] corporal punishment, death penalty and life imprisonment should be abolished in all countries in the region.”