Talk:United Kingdom

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This article includes a few statements that seem to me to be misleading or simply not true.

"In modern terminology, the word "spanking" refers almost exclusively to BDSM activities and the consensual and erotic punishment of adults, as parents in the UK do not usually refer to the punishment of children as "spanking"."

- This considerably overstates the case. "Smacking" is probably still the more common term, but "spanking" is certainly also used in a child-rearing context, and perhaps to an increasing extent under growing American influence on the language.

"In England and Wales, however, their legal systems have passed the Reasonable Chastisement Act, which permits parents to strike their children on the forearm and upper leg, but not on the buttocks,..."

- I don't think this is right. For a start, there is no Act of that name. I believe the relevant legislation in E&W now is the Children Act 2004, s.58, which puts greater limits on the previous "reasonable chastisement" common-law defence against an assault charge. Neither the legislation itself, nor a related official document at, says anything about buttocks, forearms or upper legs. The latter document adds at p.6 that the prosecution guidelines now effectively ban any sort of assault "unless the injury amounted to no more than temporary reddening of the skin and the injury is transient and trifling". This is interpreted to mean that an implement cannot be used, though it is not clear whether that interpretation has been tested in the courts.

"School corporal punishment was made illegal in state schools in the UK in 1986, and was later extended to all schools, even though the practice of corporal punishment had already stopped for several years before then."

- Before 1986, or before "later"? Either way, not entirely true. Quite a lot of state schools were still caning and slippering in the early 1980s. It is true that most private schools had probably stopped well before CP was banned there in the late 1990s but we should not imply that all of them had, for instance we know that St James' Boys in London was still caning in 1996.

"At present, in the UK, there is a lot of criticism on the use of school corporal punishment in the past. Many adults who were punished in school in those days feel that they were punished unfairly and excessively."

- I do not find this to be the case at all. Where is the evidence for this statement? I am inclined simply to delete this paragraph altogether.

If nobody objects I will try to amend the article appropriately in due course. -- Pineapple (talk) 14:00, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

I have no immediate objections. Please make the corrections as you see fit. --Spankart (talk) 23:49, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

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