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Scottish Parliament has voted in favour of Smacking Ban

Earlier this week the Scottish Parliament voted in favour of passing a bill banning the physical punishment of children.

The bill was lodged by MSP for the Scottish Green Party, John Finnie and supported by the SNP Government. The law is designed to remove ‘justifiable assault’ in Scots law, giving children equal protection from violence. Finnie said that he wants to send a clear message that physical punishment of children is not acceptable.

The bill passed this stage at 80 votes to 29.

There are 54 countries which have already passed similar legislation banning physical punishment of children and Finnie noted that it was an “international imperative” to bring Scotland in line with international best practice.

Chief executive of Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, Mary Glasgow, said:

“This is not about blaming or shaming parents. Acknowledging that family life is better when hitting and violence is off the table helps with that cultural shift and brings the legislation up to date with where most people have already got to,” she said.

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