Parents’ opinion on smacking children divided

Survey reveals what mums and dads think about smacking


Just one in seven parents view smacking their children as a “very high risk” to their children, a survey by The Children’s Society has found.


A similar amount of the 2,047 mums and dads surveyed said they believed smacking had little effect on children, and 16% admitted they thought smacking had no risk to young children at all.

The researchers reckon their survey findings dismiss the belief that children come to more harm while out and about, with young children more at risk inside the family home due to smacking.

The Children’s Society is now asking the Government to join most other European countries in banning the smacking of children completely. Currently, as of the Children’s Act of 2004, mild smacking inside the home is permitted, providing parents don’t leave a mark.


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