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Should parents be allowed to smack their children?

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Coursework B - Should parents be allowed to smack their children?

Introduction to the Issue

In recent years public opinion on physical punishment has changed dramatically. Fifty years ago corporal punishment was common in schools. Now it is virtually non-existent. Corporal punishment is not considered acceptable elsewhere, such as within the army or the police. The sole place physical punishment is found legally today is with parents smacking their children.

The Law

The law currently allows parents to smack their child with an open hand, providing it leaves no visible mark. This means that children may not be hit with and object (such as a slipper) or a fist. To protect children, only their parents are allowed to smack them although parents may chose to give childminders permission. Smacking is considered abuse if the two conditions are not met, for example if bruises form or a parent kicks their child.

For Smacking - the Christian Institute

The Christian Institute get their views on smacking from the bible. As Christians, this holy book is at the centre of their faith; its contents are considered by them to be the authoritative guide on how to

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