LATEST NEWS: Over 80,000 Canadian Doctors Support Bill S-206
Section 43 of the Criminal Code is a provision of the nineteenth century, which allows parents to hit their children in order to “correct” them. The rearing violence is harmful to children. It carries the risk of physical injury and negative psychological consequences. Bill S-206 seeks to remove the section of the Canadian Criminal Code and to ensure a 1 year campaign to raise awareness of parents in positive parenting.
SPEECHES OF SENATOR HERVIEUX-PAYETTE
- Section 43 of the Criminal code: a licence for violence that must be abolished (February 13, 2021)
- The very concept of hitting to teach a lesson, no matter how hard the blow, makes no sense (November 20, 2021)
- Does violence lead to the use of force, or does using force lead to violence? (June 10, 2021)
- What if the dark side of human nature were the result of standard child-rearing violence? (May 28, 2021)
The Joint Statement on Physical Punishment of Children and Youth was developed by a national coalition of organizations facilitated by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). Based on an extensive review of research, the Joint Statement provides an overview of the developmental outcomes associated with the use of physical punishment.
The evidence is clear and compelling — physical punishment of children and youth plays no useful role in their upbringing and poses only risks to their development. The conclusion is equally compelling — parents should be strongly encouraged to develop alternative and positive approaches to discipline.
- Note to Potential Endorsers: (updated March29, 2014) Describes the background of the initiative and the endorsement process. (37 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Confirmation of Endorsement Form: (updated March 5, 2021) Can be completed, or a brief letter written, and forwarded to us to convey your organization’s endorsement of the Joint Statement. (25 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Poster: (updated April 1, 2021) Summary of the key findings, conclusion, key recommendations, endorsements and impact of the Joint Statement. (448 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Backgrounders: (updated May 14, 2021) Brief discussion papers on the implications of research findings on physical punishment of children for the education, sports/recreation, and business communities. (40 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Physical Punishment and Children’s Health: An article written by Joan Durrant and Ron Ensom by invitation of IMPrint, published by Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMP). (112 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Physical punishment of children: lessons from 20 years of research: Durant J, Ensom R: Physical punishment of children: lessons from 20 years of research. CMAJ 2012; 184:1373-77 posted with permission of the Publisher, CMAJ. © 2012 Canadian Medical Association. (110 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Physical Punishment of Children in Sport and Recreation and Physical Punishment of Children in Sport and Recreation: The Times They Are A-Changin’: Two articles written by Ron Ensom and Joan Durrant by invitation of Coaches PLAN du coach, published by Coaches of Canada. (284 KB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file; 1 MB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file)
Positive Discipline: What it is and how to do it: A guide written by Dr. Joan Durrant that describes how parents can effectively discipline their children while respecting their human rights. The guide may be viewed and downloaded for free from this PDF. (5.7 MB Adobe Acrobat® PDF file) Hard copies can be ordered from FRP Canada using this order form.