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Parents could soon be banned from smacking their children in Wales under proposed new laws




Parents who smack their child could soon be punished under new laws being put forward by the Welsh Government.

In what will be a first for the UK, Welsh Government ministers are looking to remove the common law defence of ‘reasonable punishment’ – which currently allowd parents and guardians to defend themselves if they are accused assault or battery against a child.

Under the new proposed new laws all forms of physical punishment would be outlawed and deemed a criminal offence.

However despite support from leading children’s advocacy groups, the proposed new laws which were submitted before the Welsh Parliament on Monday has divided opinion in the country, with some believing that the new laws could criminalise ordinary loving parents.

Although the Bill still has some way to go before it becomes law, many advocating for the Bill believe that children should be given further protection and therefore the law would eradicate outdated forms of punishment.

Those supporting the Bill including the Welsh Deputy Minister For Health And Social Services, Julie Morgan, say children must feel safe and should be treated with dignity.

It is expected that the new Bill which could be introduced later this year, will be further debated in Welsh Parliament before a vote is held.

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