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NSPCC calls for law change as support for smacking continues to decrease

The NSPCC has called for legislative change to ‘give children equal protection from physical abuse’ as a recent YouGov poll shows that ‘the number of people who think smacking, hitting, slapping, or shaking a child is not acceptable has risen from 67% in 2023 to 71% in 2024’.

The result comes from a new YouGov poll of over 3,500 adults across England which also found:

  • “55% think physical punishment weakens the relationship between parent and child – up from 51% in 2023.

  • 60% think physical punishment has a negative impact on a child’s mental health – up from 56% in 2023.”

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