Two children's organisations are calling for the introduction of a ban on slapping as a form of child discipline.

The ISPCC and the Children's Rights Alliance say more than three in five people believe it is currently illegal to slap a child.

The two groups have published a survey on attitudes to child discipline.

It shows that 73% of adults do not think slapping is an effective way of disciplining children.

The study also found that two in five parents have slapped a child, with 1% admitting to doing it often.

The survey reveals that three in five adults would support the introduction of a complete ban on corporal punishment. 

ISPCC Director of Services Caroline O'Sullivan said there is overwhelming evidence that slapping is ineffective in changing a child's behaviour.