Sunday 24 September 2017

Parents need support in raising children – not a ban on slapping them

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Miriam Donohoe

Miriam Donohoe

THE divisive, age-old question – is it right or wrong for a parent to slap a child – has raised its controversial head once again with the publication yesterday of a survey from two Irish children's organisations.

A report commissioned by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Children's Rights Alliance shows that three in five parents in Ireland have slapped their children. At the same time, three-quarters of adults do not believe slapping is an effective method of discipline, and 57pc support a total ban.

Both children's groups – who do excellent work – are using the findings to re-iterate their call on the Government to follow the example of 16 other EU countries by making it illegal in Ireland to slap children.

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