The Scottish Parliament could soon be one of many governments to pass legislation to make it a criminal act to smack a child as a means of punishment. Previous countries to have passed the legislation include Spain, Norway and Portugal. However, if successful Scotland would be the first in the UK to outlaw it. The idea has been mooted for many years now but formal discussions will now take place before parliament following a bill lodged by Green MSP John Finnie which has received government backing. While on the face of it a step in the right direction, there are many with concerns.