This is a common issue being managed in many International Schools across the world. The challenge is to find a balance in terms of policy, practice, cultural context and response. Some are working hard to underpin their school’s safeguarding ethos with a UN informed approach.

Research findings concerning the harmful physical and psychological effects of corporal punishment in childhood and later life, and the links with other forms of violence, make compelling arguments for banning the practice thereby breaking the cycle of violence.

Safeguarding Committees should be placing this issue on their agenda for further development and review. I have produced a Corporal Punishment Research Paper for schools and CPOs to consider.

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