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Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment: Summary of Responses, 07/08/2018 [W]

07.08.18

The Welsh Government has published the responses to its consultation on legislative proposals to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.

The consultation aimed to gather feedback from the public and key stakeholders to help the Welsh Government address concerns as the legislation develops.

More than 1890 responses were received, from individuals, organisations and groups, including young people.

The results showed that 50.3% agreed with the statement “the legislative proposal will achieve the aim of protecting children’s rights”, while 48.1% said that they disagreed and 1.5% said that they didn’t know.

The Welsh Government previously announced that it planned to introduce a Bill to remove the defence of reasonable punishment between September 2018 and July 2019.

The Minister for Children, Huw Irranca-Davies AM said:

“As a government, we are committed to introducing legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment, which will prohibit the physical punishment of children by parents and those acting in loco parentis. This reinforces our long-standing commitment to children’s rights.”

The Minister’s statement went on to thank respondees for their views and give assurances that they would be considered during the development of the Bill.

To read the statement in full, please click here. The summary of responses to the consultation can be found on the Welsh Government’s website.