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What is the law in Scotland on smacking children today. How

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What is the law in Scotland on smacking children today. How is this different to the rest of the uk?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Scots Law
Expert:  JGM replied 5 years ago.
Thank you for your question.

In England, smacking is legal as long as it doesn't cause visible bruises, grazes, scratches, swellings or cuts. In Scotland the law is much stricter and much more detailed. No implement can be used and shaking or hitting on the head is a criminal offence. See

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