It will soon become illegal in the UK to smack your children

Danielle Fowler
Freelance Writer
UK laws around smacking children are changing [Photo: Getty]
Smacking

It is currently illegal to hit your child in the UK but parents still have a legal defence of ‘reasonable punishment’ under section 58 of the Children Act.

Every case is treated differently in the eyes of the law but nannies and babysitters can currently smack children if given permission by parents or guardians.

Do you think that smacking should be made illegal in the UK? [Photo: Getty]

Huw Irranca-Davies, Welsh Minister for Children, told Wales Online: “It can no longer be acceptable in a modern and progressive society for children to be physically punished.”

He continued, “It is right that as a Government, we take action to protect children and support parents to use positive and effective alternatives to physical punishment.”

The NSPCC in Wales added: “We welcome the steps being taken by the Welsh Government towards removing the defence of ‘reasonable punishment’. Every child deserves equal protection under the law and should be protected from such draconian forms of discipline.”

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