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