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Discipline and the limits of authority

Andrew Carter discusses smacking, abuse, power and liberty in modern society

Andrew Carter

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In October of last year, it became a criminal offence in Scotland for a parent to smack their naughty child. The Welsh Assembly has recently voted for a similar ban and legislation will come into effect in Wales in 2022. In England, the law still allows a parent to smack their child providing they don’t use an implement or leave a mark.