ERIC Number: ED197844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Extract from the Grounds for the Swedish Legislation Relating to Prohibition of Corporal Punishment.
Ministry of Justice, Stockholm (Sweden).
This document provides guidelines for interpreting the proposed amendment to the Swedish Children and Parents Code concerning the punishment of children: "A child may not be subjected to corporal punishment or other injurious treatment." Prohibition of forcible correction is intended to protect the child not only against bodily injuries but also against mental suffering and disorders resulting from the use of violence. The Code should also reflect the rejection by society of what in daily speech is called mental maltreatment. In subsequent work the commission of enquiry will examine the need for a clause which in positive terms indicates what should be comprehended by parents' mental care of their children. With the new clause in the Children and Parents Code there can be no doubt that a disciplinary measure against a child is a criminal offense, if a corresponding act against another person is punishable as maltreatment under the Penal Code. Further, maltreatment which is not gross and which has not been committed in a public place may be prosecuted by a public prosecutor only if the person aggrieved complains to the authorities or if prosecution is required on public grounds. Publicity concerning the amendment should be directed to parents and various child care bodies and should be an element in the education of parents. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Justice, Stockholm (Sweden).