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06 Nov 2019
August last year, a 3 year old little boy went home from kindergarten with bruises on his arm. He told his parents he was assaulted by the director, Nashi Shehapi. According to the boy, the woman did not ‘just’ hit him, she locked him into the “...
21 Oct 2019
The serious case review (SCR) for Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Board published the report of ‘Child A’, which highlighted gross negligence in handling the long-term abuse one child suffered at home. Although the girl was subject...
09 Oct 2019
As a first country in the UK Scotland has made it a crime for parents to smack their children. The new regulation will grant the children the same protection from assault as adults. Smacking in England is illegal, excluding cases where it is used as...
01 Oct 2019
The international organization Save the Children of Sweden has created a “map of the children’s world” where there are countries that have explicitly banned all forms of corporal punishment of children in all settings. What was considered radical in...
23 Sep 2019
The Tulip Foundation, World Without Borders and the Samaritans Associations organised the workshop, ‘Together for Childhood without Violence’ in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, on 12 September 2019. The workshop was held to discuss how to professionals,...
12 Sep 2019
‘The most important thing adults can do is to love children more and listen to what they say.’ This opinion was shared by 9 out of 10 children when asked what they thought was the most important thing adults can do to end violence against children....
05 Sep 2019
70 per cent of children aged between 8 and 18 in Albania affected by some form of violence based on a report by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights in 2018. 46 per cent of these cases are not reported due to indifference and even 36...
25 Jun 2019
In Hungary, there is a law banning corporal punishment since 2005, but 2/3rd of parents think it is okay to hit their child. Surprisingly, 50% of children think it's okay to be hit by their parents.  It is well known that violence in childhood...
08 Feb 2019
PIG is an independent project of the Bulgarian director Drago Sholev and will be part of the main competition program of the upcoming Sofia Film Fest. The film tells the story of the thirteen-year-old Stoyan, played by Rumen Kochev, whom everyone...
30 Nov 2018
BBC reports that French Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a bill that would ban parents from smacking their children. The bill on "corporal punishment or humiliation" seeks to ensure that parental authority is exercised without...

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