Scotland last year confirmed plans to ban smacking children and now Wales are moving in the same direction. Physical punishment of children is increasingly considered ineffective and no longer acceptable in modern society. If you have concerns regarding a parent or care provider's care of a child, we at Gardner Leader solicitors have a team of childcare law experts able to provide guidance and support.
Plans to outlaw smacking children in Wales are going out to a three-month consultation. Ministers said removing the defence of reasonable punishment would make it clear smacking was "no longer acceptable". Charities including the NSPCC said this would bring Wales in line with dozens of other countries. But campaigners against the law fear it could criminalise ordinary parents