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Chastising a child - the legal position

Cornock, Marc (2008). Chastising a child - the legal position. Paediatric Nursing, 20(5) pp. 30–33.

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Abstract

Chastisement of children can take many forms, some of which could be offences under law. If the child was afraid of a physical attack because the parent was shouting at them, this could constitute an assault. A parent or other adult could face a charge of battery for physically striking a child. Under English law, reasonable chastisement is a defence available to a parent who may face legal prosecution for the action they take against their child. This article reviews the nature of chastisement and the current legal situation using relevant cases and related legislation. At present, a parent is entitled under English law to chastise their child; this includes smacking them where doing so leaves no mark on the child. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0962-9513
Keywords: Discipline of children; Crimes against children; Assault and battery; Battering (Abuse); Physical abuse; Child abuse and neglect; Children rights; Law;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care > Nursing
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Item ID: 15908
Depositing User: Users 9047 not found.
Date Deposited: 01 May 2009 14:53
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:16
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/15908
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