We just received this wonderful news via Joan Durrant and the Global Information Network.
On 25 October 2016, the Slovenian National Assembly passed Law No. 542-08/16-9/2.6 Amending and Supplementing the Law on Prevention of Family Violence (ZPND-A). The new law prohibits violence in the family and includes corporal punishment of children in the definition of violence (article 3). Article 4 explicitly prohibits corporal punishment of children, inserting a new article 3a into the existing law, which states (unofficial translation):
- Corporal punishment of children is prohibited.
- Corporal punishment of children is any physical, cruel or degrading punishment of children or any other act with the intention to punish children, containing elements of physical, psychological or sexual violence or neglect as an educational method.
The new law, which enters into force on the fifteenth day following its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic Slovenia, also requires funds to be allocated from the national budget for training in the field of violence, particularly violence against children, and to finance positive parenting programmes (article 14).
Prior to this reform, corporal punishment was prohibited in the penal system, schools and some day care settings. There remains no explicit prohibition in some alternative care settings, early childhood care and in day care for older children – the Global Initiative is seeking clarification whether this new law will apply in these settings, and whether Slovenia could therefore be counted as the 51st state worldwide to fully prohibit all corporal punishment of children.