Smacking children was outlawed in Scotland this week. Remarkably, parents in the rest of the UK can still use physical violence to punish or discipline their children, provided it can be considered ‘reasonable punishment’, a term not properly defined in law. Smacking is allowed in the majority of other nations.
Children's toys and child care products will soon have fewer chemicals in them. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to ban five kinds of phthalate chemicals from these products. The vote was three to two in favor of the restrictions.
Sexual predators and human traffickers are flocking to Rohingya refugee camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border looking to exploit vulnerable women and children of the suppressed Muslim minority, aide groups warned.
Around 400,000 children are still displaced from the fighting for Mosul, one year after the start of a military offensive to recapture the Iraqi city from Daesh terrorist group, Save the Children said.
A frequent question regarding domestic violence is whether or not it has a negative impact on children involved. Some hold the mistaken belief that many children are ‘too young’ to be affected, or that since children are so resilient, they are not impacted as severely by the violence.
The World Health Organization said it had received reports of an attack on medical facilities in eastern Syria that had destroyed a store containing more than 130,000 vaccine doses against measles and polio.