Raise your hand against smacking! is a Council of Europe campaign against corporal punishment of children. Corporal punishment is the most widespread form of violence against children and is a violation of their human rights. Ineffective as a means of discipline, it conveys the wrong message and can cause serious physical and mental harm.
The organisation challenges smacking and corporal punishment by campaigning for its total abolition and by promoting positive, non-violence parenting in its 47 member states.
Twenty two member states have abolished corporal punishment all together and six more are committed to follow.
Video: Your hands should nurture, not punish
Speech: Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe: “Raising children without violence”
Viewpoint: “Europe is moving towards a total ban of domestic violence against children”