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Issue date: 15/07/04

PARENTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO SMACK THEIR OWN CHILDREN - BUT NOT TOO HARD, SAYS SURVEY FROM BMRB

Over ten European countries, including Germany and Sweden, have introduced a ban on smacking children. In the UK 350 organisations and over 200 MPs are said to want a ban. The law, which dates back to 1860, currently allows ‘reasonable chastisement’. So should this law be updated to give children the same rights as adults, who are protected by law from being hit by other adults?

Independent research agency, BMRB, conducted a national survey on some of these issues last weekend. When asked “which best reflects your view”, 85% of adults said parents should sometimes be allowed to smack their children, with only 12% agreeing that “smacking of children by their parents should be illegal in all circumstances”. However, most adults felt some legal constraint was...

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