Be Reasonable

Stop the smacking ban

Don’t let good parents be turned into criminals.

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Why oppose the smacking ban?

Good parents will be turned into criminals.

Police and social workers will be flooded with trivial cases leaving them struggling to stop genuine child abuse.

Parents should decide whether to smack their children, not the government.

The current law already protects children from abuse. It needs to be enforced, not changed.

Should parental smacking of children be a criminal offence?

74%say NO
Source: ComRes, 21 Sept-2 Oct 2017

ComRes interviewed 1,010 Scottish adults online between 21 September and 2 October 2017. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all Scottish adults aged 18+.

“Yeah, but…

Answers to common arguments in favour of changing the law to criminalise parents

Be Reasonable – Stop the assault on parenting



What is being proposed?

Currently parents in Scotland are protected from being charged with assault if they smack their own children under the ‘reasonable chastisement defence’. MSP John Finnie’s Private Member’s Bill proposes to remove this protection. The Scottish Government has said it will support his Bill.

Does the law need to be changed?

No. Any punishment that is immoderate or excessive is already deemed “unjustifiable” and therefore against the law. The legislation specifically outlaws blows to the head, shaking, or the use of an implement. Parents found guilty of assault can be imprisoned for up to five years and face an unlimited fine.