In countries that have full bans on smacking, rates of physical fighting among adolescents are up to 69% lower

Partial ban

Full ban

In Scotland and Wales parents cannot smack their children, but in England – while hitting is banned – parents can use ‘reasonable punishment’

Sweden achieved full prohibition in 1979

Government

committed to full

ban in future

No ban

In countries including Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore

South Africa has yet to ban smacking in the home

Partial ban

Full ban

In Scotland and Wales parents cannot smack their children, but in England – while hitting is banned – parents can use ‘reasonable punishment’

Sweden achieved full prohibition in 1979

Government committed

to full ban in future

No ban

In countries including Malaysia, Brunei and Singapore

South Africa has yet to ban smacking in the home