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Smacking children may have lasting impact, research suggests

Call for England to follow Scotland’s lead and give children same protection from violence as adults

Smacking children and harsh parenting could have a long-lasting impact on a child’s mental health and behaviour, research suggests.

The use of smacking has generated much debate, with Scotland last year the first nation in the UK to ban the practice. The removal of “justifiable assault” from the law means children now have the same protection from violence as adults.

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