Implemented Projects

Chapter - Let's open a new page in the understanding of corporal punishment

Duration: December 1, 2016 - November 30, 2018

Project number: JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/CORP/9176

Project partners

Leading organization

  • PULSE Foundation, Bulgaria


  • Evris Foundation, Iceland
  • ADFP Foundation - Assistance, Development and Professional Training, Portugal
  • National Network for Children, Bulgaria
  • "Hope For Children" CRC Policy Center, Cyprus


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  • to increase the knowledge and skills of the authorities in the field of effective and positive parenting and education in an acceptable, constructive and fulfilling way;
  • to build a unified methodology for presenting the problem and rethinking corporal punishment;
  • to raise public awareness of the difficult experiences and consequences of corporal punishment on children and adolescents;
  • to study and transfer "best practices" at the international level in 3 Member States of the European Union (Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal), with a strong educational patriarchal concept;
  • to coordinate the efforts of various social structures and communities to work towards legislative changes and to eliminate the actual problem.


  • transferring and piloting the Icelandic experience;
  • creating a training program for trainers;
  • conducting 4-day training of trainers;
  • development of a methodology and training program for working with children, parents and professionals for protection against corporal punishment of children;
  • screening among large groups of children and young people (before and after) using focus groups and interviews;
  • conducting training seminars with children, parents and professionals;
  • networking, support in the implementation of a multidisciplinary approach to support children affected by corporal punishment;
  • nationally representative study of the situation in Bulgaria and Portugal;
  • national information campaigns in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal.

Expected results

  • implementation of the idea of transferring the Icelandic practice to Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal.

Specialized support services will:

  • improve their knowledge, skills and understanding of children's rights;
  • build networks to protect children against corporal punishment;
  • adopt a common understanding on corporal punishment and child protection in Bulgaria, Iceland, Cyprus and Portugal;
  • work on established methods for training children, parents and professionals.

The wider group of professionals will:

  • have access to quality, innovative and training guides / resources;
  • have access to new evidence of the impact of the programs.

Children affected by corporal punishment will:

  • have the power to keep themselves and their peers safe;
  • reduce the risks of future victimization;
  • develop knowledge, skills and support system.

Young people, future parents and society will:

  • have access to brochures and other materials created for them;
  • have knowledge of ways to protect against corporal punishment and support services;
  • adopt the understanding that corporal punishment is a violation of children's rights;
  • feel a visible change in society's attitude towards corporal punishment;
  • be encouraged to change attitudes / policies through sensitizing trainings and campaigns.

Type and number of persons who will be involved in the project


  • 90 representatives of specialized support services in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal;
  • 90 teachers' representatives in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal;
  • 20 specialized services to support NGOs, trained trainers;
  • 400+ professionals (distribution).

Children and young people

  • 300 children aged 4-6 years - trained;
  • 300 young people (8-12 years) - trained;
  • 300 young people (future parents) aged 18+ - trained;
  • 300 parents - trained;
  • 200+ children affected by corporal punishment;
  • 2000+ children, young people, future parents, etc. (through distribution).

Expected results in figures

  • 1 handbook for trainers (adapted for 3 contexts in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal);
  • training methodology for trainers;
  • training methodology for professionals and teachers;
  • methodology for working with children aged 4-6 years;
  • practical methodology for working with students from primary education;
  • practical methodology for working with future parents;
  • 2 national surveys / 2 action research reports / national information campaigns in Bulgaria, Cyprus and Portugal;
  • trained 90 support service specialists / trained 90 teachers;
  • 3 types of brochures / posters and leaflets (in Bulgarian, Greek and Portuguese);
  • trained 900 children and young people according to the developed methods / trained 300 parents according to the developed methodology / supported 200 children affected by corporal punishment;
  • 2 films in Icelandic, Bulgarian, Greek, Portuguese / web platform in English, Bulgarian, Greek and Portuguese) / 4 webinars in English.


Project results and achievements – read the article.



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All materials created within the project in Bulgaria, you can find out into our library.

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The created brochures, manuals and materials in Portuguese could be found here.

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The handbook for trainers in Greek could be found here.


book sMICROANALYSIS on a preliminary survey of attitudes towards corporal punishment of children in Bulgaria



book s MICROANALYSIS based on preliminary study of attitudes about the corporal punishment of children in Bulgaria


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Corporal Punishment in Portugal


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Corporal Punishment in Cyprus


The publication was made with the financial support of the EU's Rights, Equality and Citizenship program. The content of the publication is the responsibility of its author and cannot be accepted as an official position of the EC.
Project title: Children Help movement Against Physical Threatening and Emotional
Repression / Project number: JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/CORP/9176

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