Holyrood legislating to ban smacking sends a “very clear message” to parents that physical punishment for children is “not acceptable”, a Scottish Government minister has said.
Opponents of a bid to ban smacking in Scotland are to stage a protest outside Holyrood, as the committee considering the bill holds its final evidence session.
The introduction of a ban on smacking children in Ireland was a “lightbulb moment”, a politician behind the move has told MSPs as Scotland considers adopting similar legislation.
There is “enormous” public opposition to a proposed ban on smacking, a campaign group has claimed.
Introducing legislation to ban smacking is the first step in changing the culture around physical punishment, it has been suggested.
Children’s charities have welcomed support from organisations across Scotland for a bill that would help to give greater protection to young people.
Like many of my generation getting a smack from mum and dad was part of growing up in the 60s and 70s.