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Support grows for ending the physical punishment of children, 30/05/2019 [W]

Support for ending the physical punishment of children is growing.

On 16 May 2019, Welsh Youth Parliament Members looked at the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill. The Bill will end the physical punishment of children in Wales.

Youth members discussed issues relating to the Bill, and afterwards, voted on whether they thought the Bill was a good idea. A large majority said they thought it was. 42 members said Yes, 12 said No, and two abstained. The Welsh Youth Parliament has posted about the discussion and vote on their blog.

This week, the Deputy Minister for Health, Julie Morgan AM, travelled to Belfast to speak at a meeting of Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.

The Deputy Minister for Health spoke about the growing number of countries that have created laws to stop the physical punishment of children. She said that she hoped “Wales will soon be added to this number.” You can read more about the meeting here.

The Bill is currently being examined by the Children, Young People and Education Committee at the National Assembly for Wales. A consultation on the Bill has recently closed. The next stage will be for the Bill to be debated in Plenary.

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