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Smack? No, most parents ignore naughtiness

THE vast majority of parents – four out of five – think smacking their children is neither useful nor effective, according to research from a university.

Smacking vital as last resort, insist parents in 'Growing Up' study

NEARLY half of all Scottish parents of toddlers believe smacking their children is necessary to discipline them.

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To smack or not to smack?

THE right - or not - of a parent to chastise their child is possibly one of the most sensitive subjects when it comes to the issue of how far it is proper for the state and law courts to impinge on personal liberties. In 2003, after much public debate, the Executive stopped short of introducing a complete ban on parents physically chastising their children. This was despite a call for an outright prohibition from the United Nations and from many child-centred organisations in the UK.

Smacking simply isn't the answer

IN recent years, attitudes to domestic violence have changed dramatically - people no longer accept the shocking excuse that "she was asking for it". Similarly, most of us no longer think that a teacher hitting a pupil is acceptable.

Smacking children should be outlawed, says SSP

THE Scottish Socialists yesterday backed calls to outlaw smacking, despite warnings from some party members that the move would criminalise good parents.

Slap in the face for the enemies of violence

KATHLEEN Marshall, Scotland's Children's Commissioner, says that any "smack, slap, or hit" on a child is an "assault" and should be classed as a crime punishable in court. The professor was immediately rebuked by politicians from all parties.

Parties reject call for legal smacking ban

SCOTLAND'S four main political parties last night united in rejecting a call by Kathleen Marshall, the Children's Commissioner, for Holyrood to introduce an outright ban on parents smacking children.

PM admits smacking his eldest children

TONY Blair confirmed yesterday that he had sometimes dealt with his children's anti-social behaviour by smacking them.

New legal move to ban smacking children

A FRESH legal effort is being mounted to ban the smacking of children.

Prison for smacks that leave a mark

PARENTS in England and Wales who smack their children hard enough to leave a mark will face up to five years’ imprisonment from today.

Lords appeal on smacking

TEACHERS and parents at independent private Christian schools were today taking their case to the House of Lords for the right of staff to smack pupils with parental consent.

Smacking ban snub warning

THE decision not to outlaw the physical punishment of children will mean the most vulnerable members of society are offered less protection from assault than adults, an expert warned today.

Call for law change as poll shows 3 in 4 parents smack children

THREE-quarters of parents across Britain have admitted smacking their offspring, prompting renewed calls for England and Wales to follow Scotland’s example and introduce legislation to protect children.

Taking it on the chin for smacking her children

IN the four months she has been in the job, Scotland’s first children’s commissioner has become no stranger to political controversy, angering family campaigners, teachers and even her government employers.

Children's tsar: 'I smacked my children'

SCOTLAND’S first Children’s Commissioner - a vocal campaigner against the chastisement of youngsters - has admitted she smacked her daughter and two sons when they were young.

Lords reject an outright ban on smacking

A BID to outlaw the smacking of children in England and Wales failed last night when the House of Lords opted for a compromise allowing parents to use "mild" punishment.

Branson backs smacking ban

CELEBRITIES including Sir Richard Branson and Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding today demanded smacking be banned.

Big backing for ban on smacking

MORE than two-thirds of people back a ban on smacking children, according to a survey published today.

Poll shows that public are against ban on smacking

MOST British citizens don’t want a ban on smacking children, according to a new poll.

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