Doco challenges anti-smacking law review

Stuff 17/07/2011

A documentary focusing on the so-called anti-smacking legislation destroys the credibility of a report into the issue, lobby group Family First NZ says. A review report by Police Commissioner Howard Broad, Social Development Ministry chief executive Peter Hughes and clinical psychologist Nigel Latta was released yesterday, saying they had found no evidence police or welfare staff were reacting inappropriately. The law as it stands bans smacking for the purposes of correction, but police have the discretion not to prosecute for inconsequential smacks. Prime Minister John Key said the report should reassure parents they would not be prosecuted for a light smack. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the documentary released by the group, “My Mummy’s a Criminal”, had found factual errors in the review. “My Mummy’s A Criminal highlights five families who have been criminalised as a result of the anti-smacking law, in direct contradiction to the claims, promises and reassurances made by the Prime Minister, psychologist Nigel Latta, police and Child Youth and Family,” Mr McCoskrie said.

Family First challenges review of child discipline laws
National Radio 17 Feb 2011
Family First has released a documentary challenging a Government review of changes to the child discipline laws. The review found that parents are not being criminalised or unduly investigated for lightly smacking their children. Psychologist Nigel Latta, who voted against the anti-smacking law in a referendum in 2009, was a member of the panel. However, Family First says the documentary contains evidence that the review contained errors and it has no credibility. Wellington criminal barrister Michael Bott also describes the review as a “rubber stamping” process.
Anti-smacking documentary sparks
Dominion Post 18 July 2011