Thursday, 3 October 2019

Smacking, now a criminal offence

"Scotland has become the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children."

"The ban on all physical punishment was backed overwhelmingly by 84 votes to 29 by the Scottish Parliament on Thursday afternoon."

"The move will give children in Scotland the same protection from assault as adults when it comes into force."

"Parents and carers are currently allowed to use `reasonable` physical force to discipline their children."

"The smacking ban bill was introduced by Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie, a former police officer, who won the support of the SNP, Labour and Lib Dems as well as his own party and many children's charities."

"Opinion polls have suggested a majority of people in Scotland are opposed to a smacking ban - with critics arguing that the current law is sufficient, and that the changes risk criminalising "good" parents."

"But most of the responses to a consultation on Mr Finnie's bill were in favour of a ban, and the move has been widely supported by children's charities."  

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