Activity in School: Save the Children-Branch Dolj and positive parenting style

To infringe school rules, indiscipline, the lack of attachment to rules can lead to corporal punishment and other forms of violent behaviour against children by the family and the school staff.

The main idea behind this project is to clarify and prevent all factors determining these situations, directly or indirectly, as well as to raise awareness about corporal punishment, and the short and long-term problems derived from these parenting styles for children in Romania and Europe. 25 teachers and parents involved in the dissemination activity were trained in positive parenting and the negative effects of corporal punishment at home or school. The project aims to build a comprehensive structure of capacity building and knowledge transfer for specific groups.

The seminar was aimed at changing behaviours towards the elimination of corporal punishment on children, raising awareness and enabling a comprehensive planning for public authorities, those with competences for short, medium and long-term national-scoped interventions.

A new study claims that hitting children reduces their emotional intelligence and transforms their behaviour into an antisocial one. Also, punishment in class or home can cause deep wounds and irreversible scarring in the development of a child. Our communication strategy is mainly focused on the fact that corporal punishment is cruel and should be abolished in all levels of society. NOPUNISH will put particular emphasis on awareness activities and the social change needed to engage families in a different parenting style, based on positive and enriching strategies. So, several resources and materials will be available specifically for parents to ensure the expected impact on changing the parental style and social perception of the issue.  Above all, good parenting is a crucial factor for ensuring a healthy growth of the child. In our dissemination activity, participants are introduced to all aspects of the project, including its description, its objectives, risks, activities and results, to achieve a shared understanding of corporal punishment, at least, at the level of bare minimums.

We have also explained that their active involvement is required during the whole lifecycle, in all levels and fields, with particular consideration of areas where the risk of corporal punishment is less likely to decrease. People who participated in the dissemination proved their availability and responsiveness, were actively involved in dialogue, being open to the idea of innovation in parenting.

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