On March 21st, 2022 the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Act 2020 will come into force. As a result, all organisations who work with children need to be fully aware of the new law.

You play an important role in helping to get the message out to ensure that children, parents and communities are fully briefed on the law.

This is a free online presentation on 28th September, from 10 - 10:40

Physical Punishment is defined as any battery of a child carried out as punishment. While smacking is what usually comes to mind, physical punishment can take many forms including shaking, pinching, pushing and hair pulling. Attitudes towards physical punishment have changed with fewer parents and guardians of young children in Wales supportive of physical punishment. What was seen as okay 30 years ago is less so now.  

As part of their ongoing communications and stakeholder outreach programme. Welsh Government are running presentations on the legislation.

By the end of the presentation, you will be fully briefed and will have all the information you need to be able to answer the following:

  • Why the Welsh Government is ending the physical punishment of children
  • What is Physical Punishment
  • What is the defence of reasonable punishment
  • What the Act will and will not do
  • An update on the work the Welsh Government are doing to prepare for implementation of the law
  • Where you can go for more information
  • Resources available

For more information on ending physical punishment in Wales visit: gov.wales/EndPhysicalPunishment


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