Children are Protected from Violence (CPV)


Project Name: Children are Protected from Violence (CPV)

Project Period: 1 Jan 2017 – 31 Dec 2021

Working Area: Dhaka, Faridpur and Chattogram

Donors: Save the Children International


Context:

The prohibition of all forms of violence against children is a human rights obligation of all states. Children in Bangladesh, however, remain subjected to many forms of violence, including corporal punishment in various settings – in the home, in educational institutions, in workplaces, and within the justice system. Corporal punishment is still lawful in the home, the penal system and in alternative care systems.

In 2011, the Bangladesh government has undertaken a series of initiatives to develop a national agenda on violence against children, including the drafting of the National Children Policy and Children Bill, both of which propose action against corporal punishment.

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Bangladesh recently declared a highly prevalent form of corporal punishment -- in educational institutions – to be “illegal and unconstitutional”. In compliance with this ruling, the Government of Bangladesh issued a Circular prohibiting corporal punishment in educational institutions, and new Guidelines prohibiting both physical and psychological punishment. These together mandated protection of students, authorised action against perpetrators as required, and provided for teacher training, among others.

From 2011, BLAST has been working to put in place a legislative framework that consistently prohibits corporal punishment in all settings. It has also focused on ensuring the active implementation of the judgement of the Supreme Court and raising awareness on corporal punishment and its harmful impact on children.


Goal:

Children in Bangladesh are protected from corporal punishment through a legal prohibition of corporal punishment in all settings and its active implementation.


Objectives:

  1. A legislative framework that consistently prohibits corporal punishment in all settings is in place.
  2. Public awareness on corporal punishment and its harmful impact in the project areas and in society is activated.
 

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