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Children in Wales Welcomes Debate on Smacking Ban, 19/10/11 [W]


Children in Wales Welcomes Debate on Smacking Ban

Children in Wales welcomes the debate on a smacking ban in the National Assembly for Wales today.

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales said: “We believe that children should have the same protection in the law as adults from assault.   Clear and consistent boundaries are crucial in childhood, but parents do not need to resort to physical punishment.  Positive non-violent parenting encourages better behaviour, whereas smacking teaches children that violence is acceptable.  Although it may initially stop a child misbehaving, research has shown that it does not make them behave better in the longer term, so the child is smacked again.”