Corporal punishment must not be reintroduced into schools

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7081.677 (Published 01 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:677
  1. Jane M Wynne, Consultant community paediatriciana
  1. a Community Child Health, Leeds LS2 9NP

    Editor–Members of the child protection interest group, a subgroup of the British Association of Community Child Health, were appalled to hear that the reintroduction of corporal punishment is to be debated in the Education Bill. Beating is a part of the vision that the secretary of state for education and employment has for education in Britain. Hitting or beating was abolished in state schools in 1987, and a generation of children has grown up without fear of the cane, ruler, tawse, ferule, slipper, or hand.

    Since 1987 the British …

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