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'Smacking ban would criminalise parents' according to campaigners

Campaigners are warning a ban to stop parents in Wales smacking their children would 'criminalise them'. Credit: PA

A campaign is being launched to halt Welsh Government plans to criminalise parents for smacking their children.

The campaign launched by Be Reasonable will warn that introducing this piece of legislation risks criminalising hundreds of thousands of ordinary parents by removing the defence of reasonable chastisement.

It will call on Assembly Members to oppose plans to introduce the legislation, which is expected to be announced by the Welsh Government following a lengthy consultation.

The Welsh Government says its committed to seeking cross-party support for legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.

We have made a firm commitment to seek cross party support for legislation to remove the defence of reasonable punishment. This will form part of our wider work to promote positive parenting. We will consult fully on proposals, over the next 12 months, to ensure views are received from a wide range of people. We will work hard to ensure that our legislation makes life better for both parents and children.

– Welsh Government Spokesperson

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