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Professor says Wales smacking consultation ignored research

February 2019

An academic who contributed to the Welsh Government’s consultation on criminalising parents who smack their children says his research has been misquoted and ignored.

Professor Robert Larzelere called on politicians not to introduce a smacking ban in defiance of the ‘relevant evidence’.

He said: ‘The consultation document also failed to summarise all of the most important studies, before claiming that it provided an evidentiary base for a smacking ban’.

Welsh Assembly Member Darren Millar said: ‘The Welsh Government seem determined to implement their unpopular smacking ban in the face of a lack of public support and opposition from esteemed academics’.