Open Consultation

Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment

Summary 
We want your views on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.
Consultation End Date 
2 April 2018
75 days left for you to respond
Consultation launched 9 January 2018

Documents

Consultation document
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Draft Regulatory Impact Assessment for Legislative Proposal to Remove the Defence of Reasonable Punishment
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Welsh Language Impact Assessment
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Children’s Rights Impact Assessment
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Easy read - Consultation document
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A child and young person’s version
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Consultation description 

It is 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.

How to respond
Please submit your comments by 2 April 2018, in any of the following ways:
Online Form 
Email 

Download the response form

Complete and return to: talkparenting@gov.wales

Post 

Download the response form 

Complete and return to:

Removal of Defence of Reasonable Punishment
Consultation Legislation Team
Children and Families Division
Welsh Government
Cathays Park
Cardiff
CF10 3NQ

Help and support 

For more information about this consultation email talkparenting@gov.wales