This book will be of value to child protection workers, children s legal representatives and practitioners, police officers, family court counsellors, psychologists who come into contact with children and families, those working in schools and pre–schools, and medical practitioners who treat children and identify child abuse.
2 Childhood and physical punishment in historical perspective.
3 Legal responses to physical punishment.
4 Conducting sensitive and ethical research with children and adults.
5 Experiences of physical punishment at home, at school and in public places.
6 Public and professional perceptions of the effectiveness of physical punishment.
7 The subjugation of children through language and physical punishment.
8 The effects of physical punishment.
9 The persistence of physical punishment.
10 The morality of physical punishment.
11 An ideal childhood.