Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa joined the launch of the strategy for a new national campaign in defense of children's rights and the protection of their physical and psychological integrity.

“There is still a lot to do. How is it possible that there are certain contexts in which the use of corporal punishment inflicted on children is still tolerated? How is it possible in 2022?”.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that “physical punishment of children is an intolerable form of violence at all levels” and defended that these violent behaviours have “consequences on child development”.

The same view was defended by the president of the National Commission for the Promotion of Rights and Protection of Children and Youth (CNPDPCJ), Rosário Farmhouse, who called for an end to the "mistreatment" of children and young people. – noting that “intra-family violence has increased a lot during the pandemic” and called for the adoption of a culture of positive parenting.