Physical violence against children and youth has serious negative impact on their personality. In particular, Corporal Punishment (CP) is largely ignored as a form of physical violence.
In order to take the necessary steps to ensure the defence of children’s rights against physical violence, “Hope for Children” CRC Policy Center, in partnership with PULSE Foundation (Bulgaria), EVRIS Foundation (Iceland), National Network for Children (Bulgaria) and ADFP Foundation (Portugal), is currently implementing the CHAPTER project.
Started on 1st December 2016, the project aims to increase knowledge and skills on positive parenting and upbringing in an accepting, constructive and fulfilling way. Specifically, the objectives are:
• To develop a methodological approach for presenting the problem and rethinking CP;
• To raise awareness on the consequences of CP has on children and youth;
• To explore and disseminate "best practices" at international level;
• To coordinate the efforts of various social structures and communities to work in direction of legislative changes and virtually eliminate the issue.
The final result of this project is:
- Created a comprehensive program of care for the empowerment of children and their parents, as well as created a closed cycle of prevention, detection, guidance, rehabilitation and integration of children and young people suffering from CP.
- Innovative and enriched the concept for transferring good practices in the participating countries;
- Improved knowledge, skills, understanding and networking of child rights;
- Established methodologies for training of children, parents and professionals;
- Access to high quality, innovative training guides/resources;
- Reduced risks of future victimisation;
- Visible change of society attitude regarding CP.
The activities are the followings:
- Developing a methodology for working with children, parents and professionals and prevention programs against CP of children. Specifically, transferring and piloting of Icelandic experience, as well as creating program for training of trainers;
- Strengthening the framework for protection of children's rights, facilitating access to justice, medical and psychological support to victims;
- Dissemination of knowledge and information tools in a multidisciplinary approach;
- Raising awareness among parents, authorities and society regarding the prohibition of CP through training seminars, national information campaigns, round tables, international conferences and networking;
- Lobbying for legislation changes.
The project is co-funded by the European Commission (Ref. JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/CORP/9176).
Coordinator: PULSE Foundation (Bulgaria); Partners: EVRIS Foundation (Iceland), National Network for Children (Bulgaria) and ADFP Foundation (Portugal).
Duration: 24 months.