Residents of Scotland were forbidden to spank children for educational purposes. This is reported by the information portal Express and Star.
A new law outlawing the physical punishment of children under 16 was approved by the Scottish Parliament last year. The ban went into effect on Saturday, November 7th. Previously, parents and guardians in Scotland were allowed to punish children in a similar manner.
The first country in the world to ban flip flops was Sweden in 1979. Scotland turned out to be the 57th country to follow this example. Similar legislation is expected to be approved in Wales in January 2021. If the law is passed, it will take effect from 2022. In England and Northern Ireland, such a bill is not yet planned to be passed.
“I am delighted that Scotland is the first country in the UK to pass legislation providing children with the same protection from violence as adults,” said Children's Ombudsman Mary Todd. "You can't justify cruelty to children."
In 2007, Spanish parents were prohibited by law from spanking their children. Previously, the law allowed “reasonable and moderate correction” of disobedient offspring, but parliamentarians abolished this formulation.