Resources & Links



A Google search shows that there are nearly 15 million sites about positive discipline and prohibiting corporal punishment, and almost all of them have links to resources and information – here are just a few:

  • Article 19
    Article 19 is a dedicated journal highlighting issues related to all forms of corporal punishment of children. It seeks to promote positive forms of discipline and the abolition of corporal punishment to ensure the realisation of children's rights to dignity and physical integrity. The journal aims to serve as a mechanism through which diverse and relevant information advocating the prohibition of all forms of corporal punishment of children in South Africa and on the African continent can be disseminated. It is published every four months by the Children's Rights Project at the Community Law Centre.
  • Children’s Institute
    The Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, aims to contribute to policies, laws and interventions that promote equality and realise the rights and improve the conditions of all children in South Africa, through research, advocacy, education and technical support. The Children’s Institute chairs the Children’s Bill Working Group and hosts their site.
  • In Touch Parenting
    This is a South African site, established in 2003 as an on-line guide to parenting.
  • Positive Discipline
    Described as empowering parents to end power struggles with rebellious teenagers and ‘misbehaving' children without ever resorting to blame or negative punishments like spankings & grounding.
  • Center for Effective Discipline
    The Center for Effective Discipline is a not-for-profit organization, and home to the National Coalition to Abolish Corporal Punishment in Schools and EPOCH-USA.
  • Never Hit a Child
    This site contains case histories and information about the negative consequences of corporal punishment.
  • Project No Spank
    Parents and Teachers Against Violence in Education (PTAVE) is an American non-profit organization. It includes articles and research on the harmful effects of corporal punishment.
  • Positive Parenting On-line
    Positive Parenting On-line was developed to help parents everywhere learn to be more effective parents, by providing information on resources and advice.
  • The web site of Murray A. Straus – professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, Durham in the USA. This site has very good research-based evidence on the consequences for society of not protecting children against violence and corporal punishment.

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