ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 20

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: Take action to end physical punishment in all settings, including in the home, across the UK and all overseas territories. Remove justification under the current law which allow physical punishment. Raise awareness of the harmful effects of physical punishment. Encourage non-violent forms of discipline.

Original UN recommendation

The State party should take practical steps, including through legislative measures where appropriate, to put an end to corporal punishment in all settings, including the home, throughout United Kingdom and all Crown dependencies and overseas territories, and should repeal all existing legal defences across the State party’s jurisdiction. It should encourage non-violent forms of discipline as alternatives to corporal punishment, and should conduct public information campaigns to raise awareness about its harmful effects.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

7 (freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment), 24 (rights of the child)

Last updated on 11/09/2019