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31 January, 2002



 Ban Smacking Children in Northern Ireland, say Health Visitors

Physical punishment of children should be outlawed in Northern Ireland, according to the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association.
The CPHVA in Northern Ireland is also calling for more resources to be put into parenting programmes so that parents can be helped to choose better ways of disciplining their children.
The CPHVA was responding to a request from the Office of Law Reform, a section of the Northern Ireland Finance and Personnel department, for its views on physical punishment in the home.
The CPHVA said that it did not support any approach which condones physical punishment: ‘If physical punishment were to be made illegal it would send the message to those parents who are likely to use excessive force when disciplining children that it was unacceptable.’
Physical punishment is only effective in the short term. It does not teach children to take responsibility for their own behaviour and therefore is not effective in the long term. It also gives children the message that violent and aggressive behaviour is acceptable.’
The CPHVA’s Professional Officer for Northern Ireland, Briege Coyle said: ‘We favour legislation to outlaw physical punishment, but the flip side of this is that more money will have to be pumped into the health and social services to provide the necessary support for families.’
This training will show parents that there are more effective ways of disciplining children, such as not allowing them to watch their favourite TV programme, and praising them when they behave well.’



Shaun Noble Communications Officer ( (020) 7939 7043

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The CPHVA - the UK’s third largest nursing union - represents health visitors, school nurses, practice nurses, district nurses and nursery nurses working in the community in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The CPHVA is a professional section of the Amicus trade union