SpankOut Day was started in America in 1998, to spread awareness around the need to end corporal punishment of children and to promote non violent ways of teaching children appropriate behaviour. It is celebrated on 30th April every year and encourages all parents, guardians and caregivers to refrain from hitting children on this day, as well as to find alternative methods of discipline through programs available in each community.

This year, the Gundersen Center for Effective Discipline is offering ‘No Hit Zone’ Resource Kits to 15 organisations who want to become a No Hit Zone.

No Hit Zone Kits include posters, educational brochures, vinyl decals, magnets and stickers. These resources are designed to serve as a visible sign that your organisation is a designated No Hit Zone supporting healthy kids and safer communities.

The Gundersen website tells us that:

“A No Hit Zone is an environment that supports a culture of safety and health where:

  • No adult shall hit another adult.
  • No adult shall hit a child.
  • No child shall hit an adult.
  • No child shall hit another child.”

If you’d like to apply for a kit, you have until Wednesday, March 22, 2017. The following dates may be worth nothing down too:

  • Monday, March 27, 2017—Kit Recipients Announced
  • Friday, May 19, 2017—After Action Report Due

We are not sure if the offer is limited to US organisations but give it a try and see how you go.

Thanks go to Professor Durrant for alerting us to this initiative.