Navigation

Introduction

In April 2016 we explored aspects of corporal punishment in the monthly online survey.  We noted that 37 countries have prohibited corporal punishment in all settings in legislation; however, it remains lawful in Australia for parents to use ‘reasonable’ punishment to discipline children.  The corporal punishment used by parents must be carried out for the purpose of correction, control or discipline, and it must be "reasonable" with respect to: the age of the child; the method of punishment; the child's capacity for reasoning (for example, whether the child is able to comprehend correction/discipline); and the harm caused to the child.

The April 2017 online monthly survey reported that more than one-third of male (37%) and one-fifth of female (22%) respondents considered that parents should be able to use corporal punishment to discipline their children.  The survey also found that men (21%) were more likely than women (11%) to report that corporal punishment works in a more effective way to discipline children than other disciplinary methods that don’t involve physical pain such as time-outs, grounding, taking away privileges and extra chores.

The focus of Relationships Australia’s April 2017 monthly online survey was to further explore community views on other aspects of corporal punishment that may be used by parents to discipline children.

Relationships Australia State and Territory websites