The UK will be breaking international law unless smacking is completely banned, Britainâ€™s four official childrenâ€™s commissioners have insisted.
In a report submitted to the United Nations, the four commissioners â€“ representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland â€“ are demanding an â€śimmediateâ€ť repeal of all laws allowing parents to deliberately hurt their children.
The Government must also teach parents who smack alternative â€śnon-violent forms of child rearing and behaviour managementâ€ť, they add.
The report, sent to a UN committee assesses whether the UK is living up to what the commissioners see as Britainâ€™s commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a major international treaty dealing with issues as diverse as kidnapping or sex trafficking to the right to education and clean water. ...