The professor added: "The consultation document also failed to summarise all of the most important studies, before claiming that it provided an evidentiary base for a smacking
Charlie Green: If a child is old enough to be reasoned with and talked to, there are better options than smacking
But campaigners hope smacking
will soon be a criminal offence.
With this report, we have sought to outline what the evidence can tell us about the impact of smacking
a child in Scotland is still allowed as long as it's considered a "reasonable chastisement".
He was confident of not getting any criticism from his admission of smacking
The Results: The children exposed to smacking
were twice as likely to have emotional or behavioral problems as their peers who were never smacked.
'I'm not opposed to smacking
. It is to be used occasionally.
There probably aren't many of us who, as children, haven't been the recipient of a smack from our parents now and then, and more than a few will still admit to using smacking
to discipline our own children.
Legally, mild smacking
is permitted so long as it doesn't cause bruising, swelling, cuts or grazes to the child.
The spark for the latest smacking
controversy arises from comments made by former Labour education minister David Lammy in relation to last summer's riots.
Now the Royal College of Paediatrics has said smacking
should be banned because of the risk 'today's smack will become tomorrow's punch', arguing for some it's an 'easy option'.