Smacking Legislation Is Unworkable for Doctors
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The recent Commons' decision not to outlaw the physical punishment of children means that the law will offer its most vulnerable citizens (children) less protection from assault than is offered to adults.



BMJ 20 November 2004 edition

Newswise - Legislation on smacking: Health professionals will have to cope with consequences of recent poor decision, BMJ Volume 329 pp 1195-6

The recent Commons' decision not to outlaw the physical punishment of children means that the law will offer its most vulnerable citizens (children) less protection from assault than is offered to adults, says an editorial in this week's BMJ.

Sarah Stewart-Brown, Professor of Public Health at Warwick Medical School, argues that smacking is at best ineffective and at worst leads to an escalation of unwanted behaviour. Harsh physical punishment is a cause of criminality and violence, says Professor Stewart-Brown.

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