The Scottish government has today confirmed that smacking children will be banned in Scotland. The country will be the first part of the UK to make the physical punishment of children illegal.
Ministers previously said they did not support parents using physical punishment, but had no plans to bring forward a legislation. Yet the government confirmed today it will ensure a bill lodged by Green MSP John Finnie will become law.
Finnie’s proposals aim to give children the same legal protection as adults. There are currently no bans on smacking in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. That said, even without the ban parents will still face criminal charges if they hit a child so hard that it leaves a mark, or causes bruising, swelling, cuts, grazes or scratches.
According to the BBC, former policeman Mr Finnie, said Scotland ‘cannot be thought of as the best place in the world for children to grow up while our law gives children less protection from assault than anybody else in society.’
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