Lo­cal wel­come for smack­ing ban law

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

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.”

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