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Bulletin180: Winter 2020

Welcome to our Winter Bulletin! We hope you enjoy reading it and look forward to receiving any comments or questions about the concerns raised in this issue. Please email any comments to our Communications and PR Officer lucy.marsh@familyeducationtrust.org.uk In this issue… A Dark Day for Parents in Scotland In November, the Scottish courts passed a …


Article – Smacking

Norman Wells contributes to a BBC debate on smacking: “The government is right not to dictate to parents how they bring up their children and to resist the one-size-fits-all approach so beloved of children’s rights lobbyists. “A number of false assumptions are frequently made about physical correction and emotive words do not assist rational debate. …


Article – Why smacking should not be banned

If we are seriously concerned about the protection and welfare of children, we should not pursue a ban on smacking, and should resist the attempt of a vocal minority to impose their own views on parental discipline by force of law. A ban on smacking would not give children more protection, but less. It would …


Factsheet – A Reasonable Approach to Discipline

There are few issues surrounding contemporary parenting more hotly debated than smacking. In recent years, a method of discipline used by the majority of parents across all cultures for generations has been stigmatised like no other. It is an issue calculated to arouse such strong emotions that the facts can easily get lost in the …


Letter – Smacking ban bad for our children

Sir: Far from putting the interests of young people first (leading article, 10 June), a ban on smacking would serve merely to advance the interests of a vocal minority intent on imposing their own views on parental discipline by force of law. It would divert already overstretched child protection resources from the children who need …


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