Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment

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Title
Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment
Synopsis

It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’ (section 58 Children Act 2004).

 

We are consulting on the development of a legislative proposal to remove this defence. This would not create a new criminal offence, but would remove a defence to the existing offence of common assault or battery.

The response to this consultation is currently under preparation. Please contact the Consultation Response Team ([email protected]) if you have any related queries.

Consultation Documents
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Consultation Address
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Consultation Body
National Assembly for Wales
Regions
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Wales
Status
Active
Related Consultations
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