The effect of the anti-smacking bill
Campbell Live 20 June 2012
When the law was changed to remove the right of parents to use physical force to discipline their children, there were predictions the world would go mad. Wholesale prosecutions, the criminalisation of decent parents, children off the rails. The reality? Five prosecutions in five years. (WRONG – 36 (incl prosecutions for ‘minor acts of physical discipline)
The latest figures show 18 complaints to the police, 12 warnings issued, five cases in which no further action was taken, and one prosecution. (WRONG again). Facts like that have taken the heat out of the issue. But tonight we meet a Tauranga couple, who’ve been denied the right to care for a grandchild because they smack them, very occasionally. Fair enough or overkill?