Scotland is to become the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children.
Parents and carers are currently allowed to use “reasonable” physical force to discipline children.
But the Scottish government has backed moves to give children the same protection from assault as adults.
A ban on all physical punishment is expected to be overwhelmingly backed by the Scottish Parliament in a vote on Thursday.
Meaning parents could potentially face prosecution for any use of physical punishment upon children.
Sweden became the first country in the world to ban smacking in the home when it outlawed corporal punishment in 1979 – with Scotland set to become the 58th to do so.