What changes to the law on smacking mean for nurses
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What changes to the law on smacking mean for nurses

Find out what offence may be committed when an adult smacks a child and how you should respond if you see it

Smacking a child as a form of punishment or to control behaviour is a controversial issue. Recent legal changes mean different parts of the UK have differing laws on child punishment. Here is what nurses need to know.

Nursing Children and Young People. 34, 5, 7-7. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.34.5.7.s3

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