PARENTS should be banned from smacking children, according to the Children’s Commissioner Maggie Atkinson.
In an interview with the Independent newspaper, she said the law gives more rights to protection from violence to pets and adults than it does to children.
She told the paper: “Personally, having been a teacher, and never having had an issue where I’d need to use physical punishment, I believe we should move to ban it”, she said. “Because in law you are forbidden from striking another adult, and from physically chastising your pets, but somehow there is a loophole around the fact that you can physically chastise your child. It’s counter-evidential.”
She added: “It’s a moral issue. The morals are that, taken to its extreme, physical chastisement is actually physical abuse and I have never understood where you can draw the line between one and the other. Better that it were not permitted.”The NSPCC has said evidence is building that smacking is "ineffective and harmful to children".
"There are more positive ways to discipline children and a clear message that hitting anyone is not right would benefit all of society," a spokesman said.