Local welcome for smacking ban law
The proposed ban which would see Scotland become the first part of the UK to prohibit smacking has been backed by tDumbarton MSP Jackie Ballie.
The SNP government announced that ministers will ensure a bill brought forward by Green MSP John Finnie will become law.
The legislation would remove the defence of “justifiable assault”, which allows parents to use physical punishment to admonish a child.
Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie said she is pleased that Scotland is following in the footsteps of France, Germany, Sweden and Ireland in banning smacking.
She said: “Scottish Labour believes that the time has come to provide children with the same protection as adults under the law.
“At the elections last year I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and so this is the right thing to do.”
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: “Mr Finnie’s proposals are not a Scottish Government bill. However, we will ensure the proposals become law.
“We believe physical punishment can have negative effects on children which can last long after the physical pain has died away.
“We support positive parenting through, for example, funding for family support services.”