Unit 1. The Context for Children
Unit 2: Understanding child abuse
Unit 3: Understanding child safeguarding
Unit 4: Safeguarding concerns and abuse

2.3: Keeping children safe in their communities

Cultural practices and beliefs

In this lesson, we are going to look at the wide range of child-rearing practices, their underlying beliefs and their impact on children. As well as exploring practical ways of addressing any conflict that may exist between cultural practices, beliefs and safeguarding children.

For example, corporal punishment. It is a source of power and control. A practice that is often deeply rooted in a society’s social, political and economic culture. Accepted as the norm in that society. And often believed to be beneficial for children to make sure they behave properly.

How should we respond to some of these challenges? Possible responses:

  • Discipline does not mean ‘hit’. There are other more effective methods of discipline
  • Mild corporal punishment can lead to severe corporal punishment if the mild approach does
    not work. It is difficult to draw a line between mild and severe corporal punishment
  • Corporal punishment has led to the deaths of children
  • Alternative methods of discipline work much better.

What are your thoughts on this? We will explore it in the next exercise.