Smacking survey shows parents ignore law

ONE News Breakfast 2 April 2012
Family First says a new survey shows parents are flouting the so-called anti-smacking law.

A new survey reveals many parents are ignoring the so-called ‘anti-smacking law’ despite the threat of prosecution. The Section 59 Crimes Act Repeal Bill in 2009 – commonly known as the anti-smacking bill – is once again under fire following an independent poll of 500 parents of younger children. The survey, commissioned by Family First NZ, shows 56% of parents said they have smacked their child or children since the law change. And 66% of parents said they would smack their child in future. Family First director Bob McCoskrie said politicians have criminalised an act of parenting. “The politicians are out of step with the basic art of parenting. And that is that sometimes a smack works and parents will continue to use it,” he told TV ONE’s Breakfast. “I think if you have a law that is being flouted by so many people, and especially when it is a serious law like this which can result in major consequences, I mean you can have CYF turn up on your door, you can have police investigations, and yet parents are willing to risk that because they want to raise good law abiding citizens, then that’s a problem.”|
More parents rule out smacking children

NZ Herald 2 April 2012
A survey indicates there has been an increase in the number of parents who choose not to smack their children, in line with the controversial “anti-smacking law” implemented in 2007. The survey was commissioned by conservative lobby group Family First from Curia Market Research, a firm headed by centre-right blogger David Farrar. It is based on responses from 500 parents of children aged less than 12. It found that 44 per cent reported never smacking their children since the 2007 legislative change to remove the Crimes Act defence of “reasonable … force” for parents who hit their children to correct them. Twenty-nine per cent told Curia they had smacked rarely since the change, 21 per cent said occasionally, 1 per cent said frequently and 5 per cent were unsure or refused to answer. The never-smacked figure was higher than found in a 2009 Herald-DigiPoll survey of parents of 4-year-olds. That poll found that 39 per cent of mothers and 33 per cent of fathers never smacked – and that was more than three-fold higher than the rate during the four decades to 1997. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the independent poll by Curia found that parents were “flouting the anti-smacking law, and will continue to do so, despite risking prosecution”.