Save the Children dares South Africa to raise a hand against corporal punishment

Sunday 2 June 2019
Save the Children South Africa (SCSA) calls on all sectors of society including government and the private sector to say no to corporal punishment in the home. We must do everything to prevent violence against children.
 
According to the Children’s Institute at the University of Cape Town, 75% of physical child abuse occurs in the context of physical punishment and 45% of child homicides happen in the context of child abuse and neglect with such deaths mainly occurring in the under-five age group either in the home or by someone known to the child. This is unacceptable and needs to change.  
 
‘We don’t have to wait for a court ruling to outlaw corporal punishment in the home setting, we can act now. Say no to corporal punishment in the home, which does not only lead to injuries and child deaths, but also perpetuates the cycle of violence we see in our communities, including schools,” says Gugu Xaba, SCSA Programme Director.
 
SCSA encourages and teaches communities in SA on positive parenting and positive discipline that applies principles of child engagement, warmth and good structure to help children to attain their full potential. During this child protection week (02-09 June 2019), SCSA plans to intensively engage with parents and faith-based institutions around the country, to create change agents of positive parenting and positive discipline.
 
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