The African Child Policy Forum carried out research into the situation of children with disabilities in Africa, measured against a rights-based framework, and consolidated this research in "The African Report on Children with Disabilities: promising starts and persisting challenges." This policy brief sets out the results of this report with the aim to highlight the steps legally required to be taken by African governments, show the common gaps, document good practice and provide direction on priority actions
This report analyses findings on child discipline from 35 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) conducted in low and middle-income countries in 2005 and 2006. Questions on child discipline were addressed to the mother (or primary caregiver) of one randomly selected child aged 2-14 years in each household. The questionnaire asked whether any member of the household had used various disciplinary practices with that child during the past month. The survey covered eight violent disciplinary practices, some of which were psychological (such as shouting and name calling) while others were physical (such as shaking and hitting). The surveys also collected information on three nonviolent forms of discipline, such as explaining why a behaviour is wrong. Finally, interviewers asked the mother (or primary caregiver) about her or his personal beliefs regarding the need for physical punishment in child rearing"
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