‘Mothers know better than politicians how to raise their kids’
The Christian Institute

The Christian Institute

A leading voice in the campaign against bans on smacking says Scottish and Welsh legislators are treating parents as “morally suspect”.

Dr Ashley Frawley, senior lecturer in social policy at Swansea University, said moves to criminalise parents who reasonably chastise their children would disproportionately impact migrant families, the poor and the working classes.

She believes that a smacking ban is the invention of a “white, middle-class elite thinking they know best”.

In an article published on the BBC website Dr Frawley, a vocal campaigner for the Be Reasonable campaign, said: “Increasingly, it seems the democratic will of the people and parents counts for nothing.

“People simply do not realise that if this ban is enforced, it will criminalise parents for disciplining their own children.

“Children will be taken away or put on an at-risk register, parents will be hauled to court”.

Adding that the damage will be much greater than the effect of any smack.

The senior lecturer, originally from Ontario, Canada, revealed that she has a personal reason for fighting so hard against a smacking ban.

Native American Dr Frawley comes from a people group targeted by the Canadian Government for decades.

Dr Frawley wrote: “Between the 1960s and 1980s, thousands of Canadian aboriginal children were taken from their homes by child-welfare service workers and placed mostly with non-aboriginal families”.

“Aboriginal scholar Dian Million has described this practice as the ‘moral policing’ of aboriginal mothers, simply because they did not fit the mainstream idealisation of middle-class mothers in ‘pumps and pearls’.”

Dr Frawley contends that it’s a similar story for the poorer and working classes in the UK who are regarded as “morally suspect”.

The lecturer warned against “wedging the state and a host of self-styled ‘experts’ between parents and their children”, saying it would transform “family life into a series of techniques”. “It will make parents continually second-guess themselves”.

The academic revealed that she has been “repeatedly trolled on Twitter” by those who attempt to portray smacking as assault. Some have complained about her views to her university.

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