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Should parents be allowed to smack?
A group of MPs is again pushing for a change in the law for an outright ban on smacking.
The current law allows parents to smack their children but the punishment cannot leave bruises, cuts or scratches.
Those who overstep the mark can face prison. Campaigners say this situation is a mess and confusing for parents. Children’s Commissioner for England Al Aynsley-Green has spoken out against it.
However, polls indicate that the majority of parents believe they should have the right to discipline their children how they want, including the use of smacking.
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