Parents jailed for smacking – Sweden/Canada

In a disturbing trend, countries are starting to jail parents for smacking. They started softly-softly like NZ, but as time progresses, they come under pressure from the UN to strictly enforce the ideologically-flawed UNCROC (UN Conventions on the Rights of the Child) – otherwise known as ‘a load of croc”. (Labelled as such because the Convention was never about criminalising parents who raise great kids and may use smacking as a parenting technique.)

In Sweden, a couple was jailed for nine months for using smacking.

According to the court transcripts, the parents “explained that they had used, what they themselves described as spanking, physical punishment as part of their methods for raising the children.” The court heard that the couple had used a hairbrush, a wooden plank or a hand to punish their three eldest children, SVT reported. The father explained that when the children did something wrong they were given a first warning and then a second and if they, for example, carried on cycling in the street without permission, they would then receive a physical punishment.

Sounds like they were parenting in a postive way and certainly non-abusively. This is confirmed in the next statement. We further discovered that the “wooden plank” was actually a wooden school-type ruler that was only used on the bottom, only once at a time, and no welts or bruising or injury. But hey – ‘wooden plank’ sounds far easier to paint the parents as abusive!

The court found that “despite the details of the case at hand” the parents “had a loving and caring relationship to their children“, but that the systematic treatment metered out was in breach of the law and deserving of a custodial sentence.

So the jailing of the parents is not because the kids are at risk or being abused, but simply because of the UN and a political agenda.


The three children at the centre of the case, as well as a younger sibling, have been in care since the preliminary investigation was opened against their parents in the beginning of the summer.

In Canada, the parents of a 14-year-old girl were sentenced each to 10 days in jail plus a $500 fine for using a belt to spank their daughter.

The court was told that the spanking was the result of a confrontation between the parents and the daughter, in ninth grade (13) at the time, over the girl’s admission that she was having sex with her boyfriend. She refused her parents’ request to break off the relationship. Following the spanking, which the girl told the court did not hurt, she reported her parents to a school official who called the police.

….In 2004, the Supreme Court of Canada banned spanking of children under 2 and over 12 and criminalized it at any age with an implement such as the common wooden spoon.

Note that Family First supported an amendment to the smacking law in NZ which outlawed the use of implements and effectively only allowed open hand smacks on the bottom or hand. This was actively supported by the National party via Chester Borrow’s amendment. This would have removed the couple of questionable cases that the original s59 was attacked on.

But these cases show quite clearly that a NZ parent will one day be imprisoned as a result of UN pressure, a badly written anti-smacking law, and arrogant political leadership. We have already been told by lawyers that parents are spending 1-3 nights in prison when being investigated for smacking incidents because bail is not being granted for incidences of so-called ‘family violence’.


4 comments for “Parents jailed for smacking – Sweden/Canada

  1. lyn
    14 December 2010 at 7:59 pm

    oh for [email protected]#k sake, when will common sense prevale. a friend of mine had her kids taken off her because her ex partner made a false statement and manipulated his young daughters to do the same. The mothers lawyer told her that since the anti- smaking law has been passed this is happening alot. this mother and her daughters went through absolute hell till this was sorted out. whats this doing to the kids. How about finding the REAL abusers

  2. Bob
    14 December 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Hey Lyn. We’re interested to know more details on this case. As you say, it’s one of many!. Could you or the mother email me [email protected]

  3. Liberator
    15 December 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Guys. Parents have been too ‘nice’ for too long.
    It’s about time parents went on the defensive.
    Let the state send parents to jail.
    Let the jails become filled to capacity with these ‘nasty’ parents. Let’s the government resources be absolutely stretched finding alternative acccomodation for these ‘abused’ kids. Let the ‘system’ self-destruct. It’s not civil dispobedience – everything will be quite legal.
    THEN. Let’s parents sue the state for punitive damages if a child goes off the rails as a result of the state intervening in a parent carrying out their natural duty as a parent. This should have happened a long time ago.

    I know I’m mouthing off. However, I maintain – parents, you have been treated abysmally for too long. Time to stop being nice ameanable puppets pulled by idelological strigs and become militant.

    The REAL villias in all this – is the state.

  4. Dominic Baron
    15 December 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I re-state my constant response to these disgracefully idiotic “laws”: until we rise up and give ourselves real democracy we will continue to be plagued by the ideologues who dominate the political systems of almost every country that claims to be “democratic”.
    Would the Canadian or Swedish people tolerate such “laws” if they had the right to demand a referendum on them? Of course not, and no sensible politician would even bother to propose such “laws” because they would know it would be a no-brainer!
    Since we are treated with contempt we must respond with even greater contempt until we can get real democracy.

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