Parents allowed to smack kids in Britain

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London, Oct 25 (UNI) The British government today said parents will not be banned from smacking their children.

The Ministers ruled out a complete ban on smacking following a Government review that found the majority of parents opposed such a move.

Britain Children's Minister Kevin Brennan said the law would stay as it is after officials reviewed the way new rules were working.

Despite calls from many organisations for a ban, Mr Brennan said the evidence was that fewer parents now use smacking to discipline their children, Daily Mail reported.

In a statement to MPs he said, ''Whilst many parents say they will not smack, a majority of parents say that smacking should not be banned outright,'' adding that the Government will retain the law in its current form, in the absence of evidence it is not working satisfactorily.

Section 58 of the Britian 2004 Children's Act removed the the defence of reasonable punishment from parents and adults acting ''in loco parentis'' who are charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, wounding or grievous bodily harm, or cruelty to a child.

At the time, Ministers promised to review the law to assess whether it was working.

Officials surveyed parents, children and examined other evidence for the review, which took place this summer.

Mr Brennan said, ''The review found that smacking is becoming a less commonly used form of discipline as more parents recognise that there are more effective and acceptable methods of disciplining children.'' However, he said ''Many organisations still support legislation to ban smacking.'' UNI

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