A Royal College of Psychiatry in Wales comment on the introduction of a legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment
It is currently 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 welcome the introduction of a legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.
It won’t create a new criminal offence, but does remove a defence to the existing offence of common assault or battery.
Chair of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Professor Alka Ahuja said:
"The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales welcomes this consultation from Welsh Government.
Reasonable punishment has been heavily debated over recent years as more evidence is uncovered highlighting the damaging effects that such form of ‘parenting’ has on the child and indeed on their development into adulthood."