SCP!/CAU! works to create a legal and cultural environment where children and young people can grow up without being victims of physical punishment.
Children and young people are an important audience for work on physical punishment. They can tell us how children really experience physical punishment. They can campaign for full recognition of their rights. They can explore physical punishment in wider contexts, such as the rights of the child, domestic abuse and parenting.
Research done over the last 15 years shows that children and young people tend to be more aware than adults that:
- Physical punishment goes against their human rights
- Physical punishment is ineffective in changing behaviour
- Physical punishment hurts
- Physical punishment damages the relationship between adults and children
- Physical punishment is humiliating, shameful and embarrassing
Children and young people are tomorrow’s parents. Working with them now will encourage them to think about these issues before they have their own children, and will help to change the culture of the future.