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Make smacking children illegal

Submitted by Josh Rafter on Saturday 7th November 2020

Published on Thursday 26th November 2020

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 26th May 2021

Current Signatures: 22
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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abuse ~ Child ~ Children ~ Defence ~ England ~ It ~ Police ~ Reasonable ~ Scotland ~ Scotland and Wales ~ Smacking ~ Wales

Petition Action

Make smacking children illegal

Petition Details

Children should have the same protection as adults against physical abuse and punishment. England should follow the same laws as Scotland and Wales in regards to protecting our children.

Additional Information

Physical abuse and punishment has the same negative effects on a child as it does on an adult. Banning smacking by removing the legal defence of Reasonable Chastisement would mean when a child complains about abuse the police would have more powers to protect the children.


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