European and International Initiatives

Europe, Raise Your Hand Against Smacking!

A Council of Europe Campaign
In most European countries, between 60% and 90% of parents approve of the use of physical punishment against children in the home!  Finding this figure shockingly high, the Council of Europe (CoE) initiative„Raise your hand against smacking„ wants to help curtail this figure. The campaign aims to raise public support against smacking, to lobby for a Europe-wide legal ban on smacking and to promote positive parenting across its 47 member states.  The different target groups - amongst them parents, child-care professionals and teachers as well as policy makers and legislators- are reached through media and information packs. These contain an animated TV spot (see Multimedia) as well as books, brochures and leaflets which are being disseminated through CoE  partners at national level.  Twenty countries have started campaigning. So far, the initiative has helped to trigger of anew a public debate on the efficacy of present national legislative frameworks, such as in France, and contributed to a number of governments deciding to review their current legislation.
Read more and download the campaign kit

The Council of Europe was founded in post- World War II Europe in 1949, with the aim of building and securing unity between countries in Europe and beyond. The guiding principles of the Council of Europe have always been human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The Council of Europe has currently 47 members,  also including Russia, the Caucasus republics as well as a number of other countries of the former Eastern bloc.

Stop Corporal Punishment!

European Children’s Network EURONET – the voice of NGOs
Last December (2008), the European Children's Network (EURONET) has launched its EU-wide campaign “Stop corporal punishment!”.  The campaign aims to contribute to the full legal prohibition of corporal punishment in the home in all 27 European Union member states by 2009- about half are still lacking the necessary national legislation.  EURONET’s campaign represents a strong NGO voice and focuses largely on gaining support from European Union institutions, MEPs and EU policy makers. The campaign calls on EU institutions to, for example, stimulate the European exchange of best practice in relation to law reform, to lobby states to adequately resource positive parenting programmes and to facilitate data collection across Europe on the practice and impact of physical punishment against children.
To sign a statement of support and read more about the campaign, visit:

Founded in 1995, EURONET is a network of national and transnational NGOs that promotes childrens’ rights and issues of common concern to children, particularly within European institutions. EURONET regularly prepares briefings, statements and policy recommendations on all issues relating to promoting greater inclusion of children's rights  in all EU legislation, policies and programmes which have an impact on children.

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

The Global Initiative to End all Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in 2001 with the aim of accelerating the abolition of corporal punishment world-wide. Since then, the Initiative has grown to be the most comprehensive resource on the internet for information dealing with the legal prohibition of corporal punishment globally. The quarterly newsletters contain the latest developments in this field, including an overview of governments’ stance and action taken towards ending corporal punishment.  The Initiative has been endorsed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNICEF and UNESCO and the list of supporters include leading children’s rights agencies as well as many individual signatories.
The Spanish version of the website also exists at:


Eurochild is an active network of more than 80 organisations and individual members in 27 European countries, working to promote the rights and welfare of children and young people.  Eurochild was created in 2004 from the former European Forum for Child Welfare (EFCW) to prevent social exclusion and poverty of children through research, dissemination of information as well as policy monitoring and development at the European level. Its work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Member organisations of Eurochild meet and work on specific topics related to children’s welfare and rights, such as the participation of children or strengthening children's rights through parenting support. Eurochild regularly organises different kinds of events - annual conferences, receptions in the European Parliament as well as several seminars and workshops.

The Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

CRIN is a global network coordinating and promoting information and action on children’s rights. Over 2,000 member organisations and tens of thousands more activists from across the world rely on CRIN for research and information. CRIN presses for rights, not charity, for children and is guided by a passion for putting children’s rights at the top of the global agenda by addressing root causes and promoting systematic change. Its guiding framework is the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The activities are based on the belief that information is a powerful tool for realising children’s rights. CRIN distributes news, events and reports, lobbies, enables advocacy and promotes knowledge sharing and coordination. CRIN participates in international child rights coalitions and advocacy groups, supports campaigns and makes the UN and regional mechanisms more accessible to those lobbying for social change.

Save the Children

Save the Children is an independent, international organisation that works and campaigns for long-term change and improvement in children’s lives, through education, health care and economic opportunities, as well as emergency aid. First established in the United Kingdom in 1919, today the International Save the Children Alliance is made up of 27 national Save the Children organisations, reaching over 120 countries around the world. The organisation supports and promotes the changing of policies and practices, locally and globally, to ensure that children’s rights are respected and endorsed. Save the Children is campaigning against corporal punishment in many countries and has developed useful positive parenting material (developed by Save the Children Sweden).

Children's Safety Map of Europe


Add your own link

Please feel free to use our interactive tools and add your own project, initiative or programme dealing with the prevention of physical punishment against children and positive parenting. The children’s safety map of Europe leads you to a growing link list serving as an open resource for the exchange of knowledge and good practice.