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Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill, 08/05/19 [W]

The National Assembly for Wales is currently consulting on the general principles of the new law proposed by the Welsh Government that will remove the defence of reasonable punishment in cases of assault and battery against children.
The Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill will give children the same protection that adults currently have against assault, by removing physical punishment as an option. The new law will bring clarity, making it clear that physical punishment such as smacking is not acceptable. Together with information on positive parenting, this approach will help parents to raise their children through effective methods, and will protect children’s rights.
International research shows that children thrive when they have a nurturing environment and feel safe. Children in Wales has long campaigned against physical punishment, which is not effective in managing behaviour, and can cause children harm.
The new law is currently at Stage 1 of the National Assembly process. The Children, Young People and Education Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the Bill, and is holding a consultation. We’d like to urge our members and all of the children’s sector to respond to the consultation, which closes next Tuesday on 14th May.
Children in Wales’ response:
Consultation response – Children (Abolition of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill (1)
Please find below a template which may help with your response.
Responding to the call for evidence Children Wales Bill EPNC