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A young child holds an anti-smacking placard on the march to Downing Street, London. Children representing young people from all over the UK marched to deliver cards and a letter asking Blair to support Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. * and protect children from all forms of physical punishment. 04/07/04: Parents would be restricted to giving their children mild smacks under plans to prevent excessive punishment, it has emerged. The proposals would mean that while smacking would not be banned, any blow that leads to ‘actual bodily harm’ – which can include bruising, scratching or reddening of the skin – would be outlawed.