Be Reasonable

Stop the smacking ban

Don’t let good parents be turned into criminals.

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Why The Law Needs To Remain Unchanged…

Good parents will be turned into criminals.

Police and social workers will be flooded with trivial cases, leaving them struggling to stop genuine child abuse.

Parents should decide whether to smack their children, not the government.

The current law already protects children from abuse. It needs to be enforced, not changed.

“Yeah, but…”

Answers to common arguments in favour of changing the law to criminalise parents

Be Reasonable – Stop the assault on parenting



What is being proposed?

Currently parents in England are protected from being charged with assault if they smack their own children under the ‘reasonable chastisement defence’. Campaigners propose to remove this protection.

Does the law need to be changed?

No. Any discipline that is immoderate or excessive is already against the law. The reasonable chastisement defence could not be used in cases where ‘actual bodily harm’ is caused – defined as anything more than transitory reddening of the skin. If a parent uses unreasonable chastisement they already face a fine, a community order or up to five years in jail.