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Scotland's outgoing children's commissioner has renewed his call for a ban on smacking children.

Tam Baillie told The Herald that the UK was one of only five European countries which do not fully protect children from physical punishment.

And he claimed that even children in Zimbabwe are better protected than those in Scotland.

A spokesman for the Scottish government said it did not believe a smacking ban would be "appropriate or effective".

Under laws in Scotland, parents can claim a defence of "justifiable assault" when punishing their child., index Latest News of business criminal law politics soccer sports celebrity lifestyle video images in the world and the world today.

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