DISCIPLINE AND CHILDREN:The law does not intervene in the way that parents discipline their children

, except to assert that corporal punishment, if used, must be moderate and reasonable. Corporal punishment involves inflicting pain (e.g. hitting a child with a cane) as a form of punishment. In order to determine if a punishment is moderate and reasonable the court will consider: y The age, size and health of the child y What the child has done y How serious the blows were, with reference to where the child was hit and what they were hit with The Crimes Amendment (Child Protection Physical Mistreatment) Act 2002 (NSW) further restricts the ability of parents to use corporal punishment by prohibiting use of physical force on the head or neck of the child, and requiring that corporal punishment cause only fleeting pain. Generally, smacking with an open hand is still permitted. CHILDREN:Parents in Australia have a number of legal rights and responsibilities towards their children. These include the following.

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