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POLL: Should all forms of disciplinary contact be outlawed?
12 October 2018 @ 15:18

Spain's third-largest political force wants the government to agree to the new law proposal in the next few months, since otherwise it may not be able to come into force until after the next general elections.

According to the text of the motion, any 'use of physical force' which is 'aimed at causing a certain level of pain or at least discomfort, however mild' should be outlawed, and would include 'slapping, punching, smacking, kicking, shaking, scratching, pinching, biting, pulling hair or ears, hitting with a rod or other object, forcing [children] into uncomfortable positions [such as standing in a corner with their hands on their heads for a prolonged period], producing burns, etc'.

Prior to the year 2005, parents or guardians had the right, by law, to use 'reasonable and moderate' physical methods of discipline, but the socialist government led by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero – in power from March 2004 until November 2011 – axed this from the Civil Code.

Zapatero was following Council of Europe recommendations which have cited scientific evidence to show smacking and other forms of physical punishment is harmful in the short and long term to children.

The current text in the Civil Code says 'correction' should be conducted 'with full respect for [the child's] physical and psychological integrity' and 'in accordance with his or her personality' – meaning undue harshness should not be used with an overly sensitive child or one of a nervous disposition.

Courts have passed verdicts in this vein, finding parents guilty where corporal punishment was unnecessary, but not convicting them where it was minor and did not cause undue mental harm to the child, such as a tap on the back of the hand to stop him or her touching something.

Podemos wants to extend this, citing research and views from a number of social organisations specialising in child development, and interpreting the text in line with a 'human rights focus'.

[source: thinkSPAIN]


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Falcón said:
12 October 2018 @ 18:01

I think that disciplinary contact is not necessary to educate a child just people must speak a lot of with child and reason with him or her, explain good or bad of things but doing thinking and talking a lot.

Roger said:
13 October 2018 @ 08:16

Become more like England, no discipline and unmannerly spoilt kids, a smack on the hand or bottom never hurt kids of my generation

DJF42 said:
13 October 2018 @ 13:44

Quite so Roger, heaven help us if we ever need to defend our shores again. Too much of this lefty, liberal, tree hugging, pc, luvvies influences on our lives.

catalanbrian said:
13 October 2018 @ 17:53

So it's OK to beat your child, but if you hit an adult you are charged with assault. Double standards here!

Charlietwice said:
14 October 2018 @ 12:01

Hitting children is never right, in any country. Hit an adult you get prosecuted. Shame on anyone who thinks it's right to beat a child.

wilj said:
14 October 2018 @ 20:20

Unfortunately there are now quite a lot of parents that do not discipline their children whatsoever.You see it everywhere, bad behaviour in restaurants ,no manners,selfishness and a complete disregard for others.Children must be corrected otherwise society will fall apart.You cannot have everything in life,children today think they can.NO.

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