Physical chastisement is physical abuse, the Children's Commissioner for England has said, urging smacking to be banned.
Maggie Atkinson told The Independent:
Personally, having been a teacher, and never having had an issue where I'd need to use physical punishment, I believe we should move to ban it.
Because in law you are forbidden from striking another adult, and from physically chastising your pets, but somehow there is a loophole around the fact that you can physically chastise your child.
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