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.
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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