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Are police being asked to do too much? North Charleston

Why are police inside public schools?

Police in schools are being asked to deal with a range of issues, such as being a mental health counselor for a traumatized child. It is unfair to the police and can be harmful for children.
What are the long-term effects of spanking? Francisco Luco

Is it OK to spank a misbehaving child once in a while?

Senator Ted Cruz recently stated that he spanks his five-year-old daughter for lying. Spanking kids can cause tremendous damage to kids' mental health – even if it is an occasional light rap.
Teachers in Uganda routinely use physical violence and corporal punishment to discipline children. EPA/STEPHEN MORRISON

Empowering Uganda’s teachers offers a new route to reducing violence in schools

A ban on corporal punishment has not stopped the practice in Uganda's schools. An initiative in the East African country may hold the solutions - and could be used in other countries, too.
Research says this is not a constructive option. from www.shutterstock.com.au

What are the best ways to discipline kids?

Showing your children affection and teaching them to see the consequences of their actions is more likely to promote good behaviour than smacking.
Unless most prisoners are given a realistic prospect of rehabilitation, how much good can prison really do? Shutterstock/sakhorn

What are prisons for? Answering that is the starting point for reform

Sentencing policy is a mixed bag of approaches: punishment, deterrence, protection and rehabilitation. The system will remain costly and ineffective until punitive instincts give way to a more rational approach.
Flogging this man repeatedly over weeks is very dangerous. WIkimedia Commons

Repeated floggings will put Raif Badawi’s life at risk

It has been announced that, for medical reasons, the Saudi Arabian authorities have decided to postpone the ongoing punishment of Raif Badawi. The 31-year-old blogger was supposed to have received a second…
Children are the most vulnerable and dependent members of our society but it’s still legal to hit them in Australia. bixentro/Flickr

Let’s talk about making smacking children illegal

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) is today launching a call for law reform regarding the use of physical punishment to discipline children. Noting the harms of smacking children, it’s…
ABC’s The Slap investigates the complex and very personal views of those at the heart of a smacking case. ABC

The legality of ‘The Slap’

In last night’s ABC program, The Slap, an impulsive slap changed everything. A man struck someone else’s child at a barbecue provoking a legal challenge. In real life, that would be an assault, though…

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