Organisation of the Alliance

Children Are Unbeatable!

Children Are Unbeatable! is an alliance of over 600 UK-based organisations and many more individuals formally signed up to support our aims.


The Alliance works across the UK and alongside other groups to achieve equal protection within each UK nation. Strategy groups consisting of representatives from key supporting charities and other bodies guide our work. Because of the impetus it will give reform throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland, currently our main focus is on making sure that proposed government legislation in Wales and potential legislation in Scotland is passed, meets international human rights requirements and fully protects children.

Linked campaigns

‘Sdim Curo Plant! Cymru/Children Are Unbeatable! Wales

The Sdim Curo Plant!/Children Are Unbeatable campaign is based at Children in Wales, a member of the UK-wide CAU! Alliance. It was launched in September 2000 to co-ordinate and promote the campaign in Wales. The aims of the campaign are:

  • to change the law so that children and young people have the same protection from being hit as adults
  • a public education campaign about why ‘smacking’ children is not OK to accompany law reform
  • for parents to have lots of information and practical advice and support about alternatives to ‘smacking’ and using a positive approach to bringing up children



CAU! Northern Ireland

Link: CAU! Northern Ireland


CAU! Scotland

Link: CAU! Scotland



Link: Under 18s

Global Initiative

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment was launched in Geneva in 2001. It aims to act as a catalyst to encourage more action and progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents; to encourage governments and other organisations to “own “ the issue and work actively on it; and to support national campaigns with relevant information and assistance. The context for all its work is implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. It aims are supported by UNICEF, UNESCO, human rights institutions, and international and national NGOs.





Recent news

Report calls for prohibition in Scotland

Date: December 2015

A systematic review of research literature on physical punishment, jointly commissioned by Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and NSPCC Scotland was published in November

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Corporal punishment to be banned in madrassas

Date: December 2015

On November 27 the Government published plans to prohibit corporal punishment in all part-time educational settings, including madrassas (see: consultation). The proposals also aim to prevent children being “radicalised” in madrassas...

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