VIDEO: UN report suggests Britain should ban parents from smacking
Published 25/07/2015 | 13:05
A new United Nations report suggests that Britain should pass laws that ban parents from smacking their children at home.
The report published an assessment of legal and cultural issues in the UK and said that they should take political and legal steps to put an end to corporal punishment
This means that the 18 experts who contributed to the report consider smacking children a form of corporal punishment.
The report also said the UK government should support campaigns that advocate a non-violent approach towards disciplining children.
Similar to Ireland, UK law allows for parents to exercise ‘reasonable chastisement’ when dealing with their children. But parents can be prosecuted if their actions injure the child.
Recently, the European Committee of Social Rights found that Ireland violated a European charter by not banning all corporal punishment, including parents smacking their children at home.