There is increasing momentum and coordination across Canada to Repeal section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada which states that
Every parent, schoolteacher and person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction of a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under his care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.
This law has sanctioned the use of corporal punishment against children at the hands of caregivers. With all we know about the effects of #ACEs on development and life long impacts, we should at least stop giving those caregivers a free pass for breeching the bodily autonomy of children and focus our efforts on increasing our collective use of positive discipline to guide our children reasonably.
Here are some resources to get you up to speed on what's been done so far to advocate to Repeal 43.
Also, please join me for the upcoming Facebook Live event April 7th here ACEs and Violent Discipline
Protecting our children from violence sanctioned as discipline is the least we can do to prevent ACEs and increase PCEs.