This consultation ended 2 April 2018.
The responses to this consultation are currently being reviewed. Details of the outcome will be published here in due course.
We want your views on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.
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.