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Ending corporal punishment in the early years of childhood: an essential right and need of every young child
Violence against children is widespread across the globe, with devastating short and long-term consequences for individuals and societies. Corporal punishment is the most common form of violence against children and most likely to be experienced early in life, causing injury and death to thousands of young children every year, as well as numerous other impacts to physical and mental health, relationships,
and lifelong wellbeing.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about 1.1 billion parents and caregivers considered corporal punishment necessary to raise a child properly, and 3 out of 4 children younger than five were “spanked”, “smacked”, hit, hit with objects, beaten, or experienced other forms of violent punishment. Unfortunately, children’s vulnerability and exposure to violence has increased amid the pandemic.