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Education in the media: 24 May 2016

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Today’s education news review looks at calls from the UK’s four Children’s Commissioners for the law to be changed on smacking as they addressed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

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On Monday 23 May a delegation from the British government attended a hearing of the UNCRC to look at a range of issues. The coverage today focuses on calls from the UK’s four Children’s Commissioners for the law to be changed on smacking as they addressed the UNCRC.

This has been picked up by the Mirror, as well as The Sun and the Express. Both broadcast and print media report on previous comments by the Education Secretary arguing that ministers should not tell parents how to raise their kids or be criminalised over smacking.

A Government spokesperson said:

The Government does not condone any violence towards children and has clear laws to deal with it. Parents should not be criminalised for giving a child a mild smack in order to control their behaviour.

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