Scotland set to become first UK country to ban smacking

Legislation has been put forward in Scotland to ban parents from smacking their children.

Currently in Scottish law parents are allowed to use physical punishment on their children under the defence of “justifiable assault”.

The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill has been introduced by Green MSP John Finnie and has the backing of the Scottish Government and MSPs from all political parties.

Currently in Scottish law parents are allowed to use physical punishment on their children under the defence of “justifiable assault”. But Finnie’s bill would remove that defence.

Read the full story on the Children and Young People Now website

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