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Is child abuse the best form of discipline?

Child abuse is when a child is intentionally harmed by an adult or another child – it can be over a period of time but can also be a one-off action. It can be physical, sexual or emotional and it can happen in person or online. It can also be a lack of love, care and attention – this is neglect.

What is Child abuse?

It is unlawful for a parent or carer to smack their child. There is however a defence available to a parent or person acting in loco parentis where the smack amounts to “reasonable punishment” This defence is laid down in Section 58 of the Children Act 2004

Current laws

  • can cause physical harm to the child
  • can cause emotional harm to the child
  • can damage the parent - child relationship
  • children still may not listen after physical abuse - then what are you doing?

Pros and cons

  • immediate response
  • traditional
  • 'can be efective'

If they are old enough to understand their behaviour, reason with them. If they're not old enough to reason with, then why are you hitting them...

  • Hitting a partner? Domestic Violence
  • Hitting an animal? Animal cruelty
  • Hitting a Coworker? Workplace assualt
  • Hitting an elder? Elder abuse
  • Hitting a child? CHILD ABUSE