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Children in Wales delighted by news fewer parents are smacking their children 11/07/2018 [W]

The Welsh Government has published its research into the attitudes of parents or guardians with young children in Wales towards managing children’s behaviour.

The research shows that the number of parents who had smacked their children in the last six months halved, from 22% to 11%. The number of parents who disagree that “it is sometimes necessary to smack a naughty child” increased by 10% from 71% to 81%.

The number of parents who said that they may smack a child under certain circumstances has dropped from 44% to 31%.

Catriona Williams O.B.E. Chief Executive of Children in Wales said:

“Children in Wales has long campaigned for our children to have equal legal protection to adults by removal of the defence of reasonable punishment.

It is encouraging to see that more and more parents and guardians who currently have young children are re-thinking using physical punishment. There are many reasons for this including the fact that there are many alternative positive parenting techniques used by parents today that are more effective.

These results are timely, coming during a period when Welsh Government has shown commitment to removing the defence of reasonable punishment in the knowledge that this generation of parents and guardians in Wales are behind them.”

You can read the research in full here, and the Welsh Government’s release here.