1. National

Justice Sec defends smacking

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has defended parents' right to smack their children and admitted he did it to his own, it emerged today.

View all 3 updates ›

NSPCC: Smacking 'ineffective and harmful to children'

The NSPCC has issued a statement saying that 'there are better ways to discipline' children than sacking:

Whilst parents are currently allowed to smack their children, the evidence is continuing to build that it is ineffective and harmful to children. There are more positive and constructive ways to discipline children and a clear message that hitting anyone is not right would benefit all of society.

More top news