All children have the right to be protected from violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. The consequences of violence range from the immediate impact on their development, such as physical injury, learning ability and school performance to long-term harm that they carry into adult life. In Thailand, there are an average of 52 children being sexually, physically or psychologically abused, neglected, or exploited each day or more than 2 children in every hour.
Physical violence, such as spanking and beating, is still accepted as a normal way of disciplining children. Although corporal punishment is banned in schools, the practice continues.