Facing up to violence against children

ParentLine Scotland and the country's Violence Reduction Unit have produced a series of posters to underline the importance of parents not using threatening or derogatory language when they speak to their children.

End the abuse: ParentLine's poster
End the abuse: ParentLine's poster

The posters feature children with phrases such as "I'll skelp you!" and "You never do anything right" scrawled across their faces. They encourage anyone caring for a child to "break the cycle" of violence and call the free, confidential ParentLine Scotland.

"We are delighted to be working with the unit to raise awareness of the impact of emotional and physical violence on children and to encourage parents to think about the way they relate to their children," said Anne Houston, chief executive of Children 1st, which runs ParentLine Scotland.

"We know that the harsh, hurtful things parents say can stay with a child for life, and our helpline receives many calls from parents who feel guilty for shouting at or hitting their children, and who are looking for less damaging ways to discipline.

The posters will be sent out to schools, nurseries, playgroups, doctors' surgeries and libraries across Scotland.

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