Physical discipline from a parent that does not injure or impair a child is not considered abuse; however non-violent alternatives are always available.
What counts as abuse or neglect?
Child abuse or neglect means the physical injury or neglect, mental injury, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, or maltreatment of a child under age 18 by a person under circumstances that indicate that the childs health or welfare is harmed or threatened.
Is it illegal to hit your child with a wooden spoon?
Earlier this year, a Perth mother was convicted of common assault after hitting her nine-year-old daughter on the buttocks with a wooden spoon. Technically, any assault, whether or not occasioning serious harm, can attract a criminal charge. However in NSW, parental discipline can sometimes provide a lawful excuse.
Whats the law on smacking a child?
According to Child Law Advice: It is unlawful for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to reasonable punishment. This defence is laid down in section 58 Children Act 2004, but it is not defined in this legislation.
What is the law on hitting a child?
While it is a controversial topic, there are many parents out there who prefer to give their kids a smack as a way to discipline them, rather then alternative measures. The answer to the above question according to the current law is: its not illegal to smack your children in NSW.