Laws have changed a lot over the years on smacking your kids, now England is just one of four countries in Europe where it is still legal.
The UK’s devolved governments of Wales and Scotland have different laws on smacking your kids.
Wales just changed their laws on this, but what are these new changes?
Currently, it is legal for a carer or parent to smack their own children to what amounts to “reasonable punishment”.
This is according to section 58 of the Children Act 2004, but some people don’t know what “reasonable punishment” means.
The age of the child and the force of the smack is also taken into account.
Hitting a child which causes wounding, bodily harm, grievous bodily harm, or child cruelty is illegal.
Smacking children by teachers, nursery workers, and childcare workers is all banned.
If someone is hired privately by parents, however, such as a babysitter, they may be given permission to smack the parent's child.
This has led to come confusion over what is and isn’t allowed.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales has produced a charging standard in the hope of making the law clear.
In Scotland, there is a total ban on smacking children.
The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Act 2019, which came into force on November 7, has banned the physical punishment and discipline of kids.
The government made it clear, "if you see someone physically punishing their child", the advice said: "You should call 999 to report a crime in progress or if a child or young person is in immediate danger.
"You can also call the police on 101 if you think a crime has been committed."
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Wales has just approved a ban that will come into force in 2022, making it the second nation in the UK to do so.
Welsh Minister for Children Huw Irranca-Davies said, "The Welsh Government is rightly proud of its record of promoting children’s rights and working to ensure all children in Wales have the best start in life.
"It can no longer be acceptable in a modern and progressive society for children to be physically punished. It is right that as a Government, we take action to protect children and support parents to use positive and effective alternatives to physical punishment.”
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