Child Welfare Legislation Outlaws Spanking in Delaware

http://www.legis.delaware.gov/LIS/lis146.nsf/vwLegislation/SB+234/$file/legis.html?open 

Delaware has become the first state in the nation to effectively outlaw corporal discipline of children by their parents. The legislation creates a definition of the term “physical injury” in the child abuse and neglect laws to include “pain.” Currently the law permits a parent to use force to punish a child for misconduct, but it prohibits any act that is likely to cause or does cause physical injury. By defining “physical injury” to include the infliction of pain on a child, spanking has become a crime in Delaware punishable by imprisonment.

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