Friday, November 13, 2009

Don't blame the anti smacking law

Still to read the report. on the anti-smacking law that MSD chief executive Peter Hughes wrote. He said his department was doing really well and he can find no evidence that parents were subject to "unnecessary state intervention" for occasionally lightly smacking their children, although he said he couldn't discount that there was some evidence.

Just three reports of smacking were passed to police in the past three months. Between 2006-2008 substantiated cases of abuse were up from 2274 to 2285, but the ministry was at a loss to know why the rise had happened.

But the smacking legislation was aimed at 'Making better provision for children to live in a safe and secure environment free from violence by abolishing the use of parental force for the purpose of correction',

Has it achieved its aim?




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