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(Welsh Government) Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment

11 January 2018

It is currently 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.

Getting Involved

If you would like to be lead author or contribute to this consultation, please contact our Policy Administrator, Joseph Liardet ([email protected]) as soon as possible.

The deadline for submitting comments Friday 16th March.

 

Please note

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence (please include full references) and not solely on Clinical opinion

If you have any queries at all - please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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