I am:

Call for Amazon to remove book advocating corporal punishment

'To train up a child: Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children' advocates child abuse

7 November 2013

Members of the public have called for a book for sale on Amazon to be withdrawn, because it advocates corporal punishent of children as young as fifteen months.

Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said
'There is no place for Dickensian work house punishments in modern families. Hitting a child with an implement - aside from being cruel and unjustifiable - is illegal in the UK. So if parents followed the so-called parenting guidance in this book to the letter they would be committing an act of child abuse.
"We urge Amazon to consider whether it's acceptable to profit from books, or any material, that supports child cruelty.
"Some parents may believe there are occasions when only a smack will work but it does nothing to teach your child about how you want them to behave. There are far better ways to teach your child better behaviour and parents can get our advice online or call us on 0808 800 5000."

Press enquiries

For press enquiries, contact our national media office:
Tel: 020 7825 2514
Out of hours mobile: 07976 206 625
Email: mediaoffice@nspcc.org.uk