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Social services can give advice about him not returning home, but without a court order in place no-one can actually prevent this happening.
Is there truth to the allegation? Does you partner admit it? Was there a mark left by the smack? Was this an isolated incident?
OK. It's still not illegal to smack in England, as long as it constitutes reasonable punishment, and from your description it does not sound like this was a serious incident.
I would be of the view that the threshold for court proceedings would not be met, and as such there's not much legal weight behind the instruction to prevent your partner coming home. Initial investigations should be complete by now, on the basis of a light smack as an isolated incident I cannot see that the case for your partner being a threat to your child (and being asked to remain away from the home for the future) would be made out.
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