This consultation ended 2 April 2018.

Consultation period:
9 January 2018 to 2 April 2018
Last updated:

Reviewing responses

The responses to this consultation are currently being reviewed. Details of the outcome will be published here in due course.

Original consultation

We want your views on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.

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.

Consultation documents

Consultation document

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Easy-read consultation

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Consultation for young people

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Draft regulatory impact assessment

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Welsh language impact assessment

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Children's rights impact assesment

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