Smack­ing around the world

The Herald on Sunday - - POLITICAL NEWS -

SMACK­ING chil­dren is banned by law in 43 coun­tries world­wide. Swe­den was the first coun­try to ban par­ents hit­ting chil­dren in 1979. It first recog­nised chil­dren’s hu­man rights in the 1920s and pro­hib­ited smack­ing in schools in 1966. Other coun­tries which have banned smack­ing in­clude Ger­many, New Zealand, Kenya, Greece, Brazil, Fin­land and Spain.

There are cur­rently no bans on smack­ing in Eng­land, Wales and North­ern Ire­land. In­stead par­ents are al­lowed to use “rea­son­able chas­tise­ment”, which is a de­fence in law. Experts cur­rently warn there is a fine line be­tween this and as­sault and that smack­ing should al­ways be a last re­sort.

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