The British 2004 Children Act removed the defence of “reasonable punishment” in cases involving offences such as actual bodily harm and child cruelty, thus making an important step forward for child protection. However, it stopped short of banning all smacking by parents.
This week, parents are being invited to share their views on smacking and whether it should be included in the Children Act. Child Advocates argue that Britain is falling behind the rest of Europe in it’s child-protection efforts, while conservative groups argue that moderate, non-damaging smacks are an invaluable tool in child discipline. In good democratic form, no legislation will proceed until both sides have talked the matter over, and a clear majority opinion emerges. Jolly good, old chaps.
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"No Child's Smacked Behind" by Boarder on May 2nd, 2007