Charity backing for anti-smacking bill

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Legislation would remove the defence of “justifiable assault” on children

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25th August 2017 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

Charities have got behind a new law which would ban the smacking of children.

Third sector groups are among those who have responded positively to Green MSP John Finnie’s consultation on a bill which would outlaw hitting kids.

The proposed legislation would remove the defence of “justifiable assault” which allows parents to use physical punishment to admonish a child.

Finnie said that almost 75% of respondents are supportive of the change.

They include Rape Crisis Scotland and NSPCC

Rape Crisis Scotland said: “Without legal reform, some children will have less protection than others, depending on whether their parents use physical punishment.”

Finnie said: I am grateful to all organisations and individuals that contributed to the consultation.

“It is clear from the responses that there is overwhelming support for the proposals.”