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Welsh Government launches consultation on its plans to end the physical punishment of children

The Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies AM, has launched a 12 week consultation on plans to remove the defence of reasonable punishment in Wales.

Part of a wider plan to support children to have the best start in life they can, the proposed legislation will not create a new offence, but instead will prevent it being used as a defence in cases of assault and battery.

Huw Irranca-Davies AM said:

“Our knowledge of what children need to grow and thrive has developed considerably over the last 20 years. We now know that physical punishment can have long term impacts on a child’s life chances, and we also know it is an ineffective punishment. Whilst physically punishing children was accepted as normal practice in previous generations, we know that it is increasingly being seen as less acceptable and parents feel less comfortable. We want parents in Wales to be confident in managing their children’s behaviour without feeling they must resort to physical punishment.”

Along with partners, Children in Wales has long campaigned to remove the defence of reasonable punishment. It is also important to ensure that parents have the parenting support that they need to feel confident in managing children’s behaviour without physical punishment.

You can read more about support and parenting on the Family Support & Parenting section of our site.

The consultation will close on 02 April 2018.

To read more about the Welsh Government’s statement, please visit the Welsh Government’s site, here.