Friends push for child smacking ban

As part of a news round-up, Rebecca Hardy looks at the successful introduction of a smacking ban in Scotland

Quakers helped changed the law last year when Scotland became the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children. The move came after Quakers in Scotland campaigned for the ban. In March, General Meeting for Scotland made a submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee about the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill welcoming the proposal. It said: ‘Quakers believe that nonviolence is something that needs… practice throughout a lifetime, and that the grounding for a nonviolent life starts in childhood.’

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