Scotland’s top prosecutor has said it “remains to be seen” if bringing in a ban on smacking will result in an increase in parents being prosecuted for assault.
Scotland has taken a “momentous step” towards banning smacking, as MSPs overwhelmingly approved the general principles of new legislation to achieve this.
Introducing legislation to ban smacking children in Scotland is a “positive and necessary step”, according to the MSP behind the proposal.
A ban on smacking in Scotland is “unnecessary” and will “do nothing to help vulnerable children”, campaigners have claimed.
A smacking ban in Scotland moved a step closer to becoming law after a majority of MSPs on a Holyrood committee supported the policy.
Holyrood legislating to ban smacking sends a “very clear message” to parents that physical punishment for children is “not acceptable”, a Scottish Government minister has said.
Opponents of a bid to ban smacking in Scotland are to stage a protest outside Holyrood, as the committee considering the bill holds its final evidence session.