Whilst our Prime Minister has been busy peddling the virtues of a big society, and the importance of children in it, his government still refuses to ban corporal punishment of children in the home.
It’s not secret that here at Researching Reform we are passionate advocates of banning assaults against children in all contexts, including their homes – after all, if it is illegal for a grown man or woman to hit another adult, even if the assault doesn’t leave a mark, why should the same not apply to children?
And now, a growing number of United Nations Member States are signing up to banning corporal punishment in all settings by making it a crime to do so.
Although we have banned smacking in schools, nurseries and other places outside of the home, we continue to allow ‘reasonable chastisement’ in the home. Much to our shame, this…
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