A PLAN to ban smacking in Scotland has led to calls for it to be banned everywhere in Britain.
In every part of the UK, smacking a child is still legal, as long as it is justified or reasonable. However, that will soon change in Scotland, as the Scottish Government has confirmed that they will make sure the ban becomes law.
The United Nations has said for years that smacking children is wrong, and the UK is one of the few places in Europe where it is still allowed.
Bruce Adamson, the children’s commissioner for Scotland, said that the ban is “the right thing to do, but it is something we should have done many years ago”.
The ban will give Scottish children the same protection from assault as adults, but it means that children in other parts of the UK won’t have the same rights. Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said that the English law on smacking was “outdated” and that smacking should be banned everywhere in the UK.