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#TalkParenting campaign

On 27 June 2017, the First Minister reaffirmed his commitment to introducing legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment in Year 3 of the legislative timetable.

There is an increasing body of evidence showing that physical punishment is not effective and is potentially harmful to children; yet it is still legal. The Welsh Government wants to address this anomaly and send a clear message that the physical punishment of children is no longer acceptable in a modern, progressive and prosperous society. We also believe that removing the defence of reasonable punishment will encourage parents of young children to use more positive parenting techniques, which are proven to be more effective.

There will be a formal consultation on legislative proposals; however, in advance of that we want to engage widely with people across Wales to develop proposals which are fit for purpose.

Carl Sargeant AM, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, is today launching the #TalkParenting campaign. Its aim is to learn more about people’s practical understanding of the current law and to identify any concerns about how a change in law would be implemented.

Those with parenting responsibilities, and others with an interest, are invited to take part in an online conversation on social media and also provide views via a survey about parenting, discipline and accessing support on the Welsh Government website. http://ow.ly/CfRN30fzaDV

In order to reach as many parents, carers and guardians in Wales as possible, we would appreciate your assistance by promoting the campaign through your parenting networks wherever possible and by participating in our online conversations on Twitter and Facebook using #TalkParenting.