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Welsh Government surveys public attitudes to physical punishment, 05/06/2019 [W]

The Welsh Government has commissioned a survey of public attitudes towards the physical punishment of children.

Results of the baseline survey show that 58% of people asked said they thought that physical punishment was already banned in Wales.

The survey also showed that people who care for under sevens are less likely to say it was sometimes necessary to smack a naughty child, than those who did not.

The Welsh Government introduced the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill in March 2019, and it is currently being scrutinised by committees in the National Assembly for Wales.

The Bill will remove the defence of reasonable punishment and provide all children in Wales equal protection from assault to adults.

If the Bill is passed by the National Assembly, the Welsh Government will run an awareness campaign to let all parents know about the change in the law.

The survey will be repeated at regular periods during this planned campaign. The baseline will help the Welsh Government understand how effective their campaign is, allowing them to compare awareness of the proposed changes before and after the campaign has begun.