My child was stealing candy, your Honour
Justice Minister of the Netherlands has majority support for amending the Civil Code to make smacking (fessée) illegal, as is all other mental or physical violence against children in his country. The amendment would come into force in 2007 but it would still be acceptable to slap a child’s hands for such things as stealing candy. When the law comes into force, it will be accompanied by a publicity campaign and support programs for parents who are used to hitting for discipline.
Currently smacking is not permitted in the parental code, but it is not a criminal offence in the Netherlands. However next year it may well be, unless of course you smack your kid for stealing candy, in which case that is pretty much a reasonable force defence.