17 Jul 2012
A group of charities have joined together to bring a ban on parents smacking their own children back onto the agenda, it was reported this morning.
Children are Unbeatable aims to revisit plans which were considered, then dropped, in 2002.
Scottish Conservative education spokeswoman Liz Smith said:
“We believe the current legislation works well because it is based on common sense, and it reflects what the majority of parents want.
“It also reflects the findings of the previous Justice 2 committee report which was published in 2002.
“In law there is, quite rightly, a very clear difference between the definitions of violent assault and reasonable chastisement.
“The former is a criminal offence punishable through the courts, the latter is a matter for parents as they decide how to discipline their children.
“It is not a matter for the state.”
Notes to Editors
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