Ireland and Slovenia: Bans on child smacking should be “clear, binding and precise”

Authorities in Ireland and Slovenia should update their laws to ensure that their bans on smacking children are clear, binding and precise.

In decisions published today, the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) found that the corporal punishment of children in both countries is not prohibited in “a sufficiently clear, binding and precise manner under legislation or case-law.”

Violence against children, including corporal punishment, is a major abuse of their human rights, and equal protection under the law must be guaranteed to them.

The Council of Europe has been working to see corporal punishment of children outlawed in each of its 47 member countries, and positive parenting programmes set up by governments to encourage parents to make the family violence-free.

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