Against the Ordinary Child-Rearing Violence

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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.

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joint_statement_e.gifThe 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. 

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the total number of states with full prohibition in law – click on the image to see the evolution organizations and distinguished Canadians that have endorsed the Joint Statement to date (updated December 1, 2021) - click on the image to access to the list