Non-violent Childhoods

The aim of the Non-Violent Childhoods programme is to promote the full implementation of a ban on corporal punishment of children in the Baltic Sea Region through collaborative, multi-stakeholder planning and action. Its programme of work is managed by the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat with co-funding from the European Commission. Five country partners are supporting the project drawn from ministries and national institutions in the Baltic Sea region: the Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia; the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, Finland; the Ministry of Welfare, Latvia; the Ombudsman for Children’s Rights, Poland; and the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden. The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children is an international partner to the programme.

The Non-Violent Childhoods Programme has developed a set of guidance reports and a campaign, aimed at parents, children, practitioners, advocates and policy-makers. Each report focuses on a specific theme – a step-by-step guide, implementing the ban in the domestic setting, positive parenting, awareness-raising campaigns, service provision and tracking progress. In addition, a campaign is developed to raise awareness of the harmful impact of corporal punishment and the importance for children to have trusted adults to turn to. Read more about the Non-violent Childhood project and the tools here

Child Circle is proud to have supported the development of two reports for the non-violent childhoods project:

Parenting for non-violent childhoods: Positive parenting to achieve an end to corporal punishment.

This guidance report takes as its starting point a discussion of how parenting has evolved in a changing world. It looks at what positive parenting is and provides a brief overview of universal, indicative and selective initiatives. The key principles that guide initiatives to promote positive parenting are introduced. The guidance report concludes with recommendations to guide States in selecting positive parenting initiatives, drawing in particular on the experience of countries in the Baltic Sea Region.

Building supportive societies for non-violent childhoods: Awareness-raising campaigns to achieve an end to corporal punishment.

This guidance report looks at the different types of campaigns and actions that can be used to generate more aware and supportive societies, ultimately helping to bring about a shift away from corporal punishment towards non-violent parenting. It takes as its starting point a short discussion of awareness-raising and campaigning in a changing world before taking a closer look at the cornerstones of generating social transformation and changing individual behaviours. The guidance report concludes with an overview of recommendations for actors who wish to raise awareness and campaign on the issue of corporal punishment in order to change attitudes and practice in support of non-violent childhoods.

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