UK official suggests banning all parental smacks on children
December 29 , 2013
The official responsible for the welfare of Children in Britain said she thinks parents who smack their kids even mildly should be held accountable and face criminal punishment.
"Personally, having been a teacher, and never having had an issue where I'd need to use physical punishment, I believe we should move to ban it," Maggie Atkinson said. "Because in law you are forbidden from striking another adult, and from physically chastising your pets, but somehow there is a loophole around the fact that you can physically chastise your child. It's counter-evidential."
Current law in the country forbids parents from hitting their kids and leaving bruises but reasonable and lighter smacks are not considered to be wrong. Atkinson wants to tighten up this law but she mentioned that this is a personal preference for her.