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Smacking ban offers the chance to educate parents and carers

A ban on smacking children being considered by the Welsh assembly would be a chance to educate parents and carers and offer support

A ban on smacking children being considered by the Welsh assembly would be a chance to educate parents and carers and offer support

The physical punishment of children has been considered acceptable in the UK for centuries, so the Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment (Wales) Bill has been a long time coming, especially in view of how the protection of children from physical punishment has progressed worldwide.

The bill was put before the Welsh assembly by deputy minister for health and social services Julie Morgan in March. If it is passed, parents, carers and adults with parental capacity will no longer be able to punish children physically.

This will allow children to have the same protection as adults if an act of physical punishment occurs.

Rights and protection

Children should and must have this protection and their

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