‘Leniency’ for parents who hurt children with a slap – UK

Daily Mail UK 28 June 07
Lenient punishments should be given to parents who “accidentally” injure their chldren smacking them, judges have said. Since 2004, mothers and fathers have risked prosecution if they injure children with a slap. But sentencing rules set down by the Lord Chief Justice and his colleagues appear to make Labour’s law unworkable.The judges said parents who are prosecuted for accidentally injuring their children with a smack should not be jailed or given serious penalties. In many cases, those brought to court should be discharged with no punishment, said the Sentencing Guidelines Council, which lays down rules that judges and magistrates must follow.