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Opinion divided on new smacking legislation

Welsh Government plans to remove 'reasonable punishment' defence from child smacking law Credit: PA Images

A consultation on plans to ban smacking has found opinion is split over whether the new legislation will be effective in Wales.

The Welsh Government are continuing with plans to remove the 'reasonable punishment' defence from smacking laws. It is currently illegal for a parent or carer to smack their child, unless it amounts to 'reasonable punishment'.

Half (50.3%) agreed the rights of children in Wales will be protected under the new law.

Minister for Children Huw Irranca-Davies said removing the defence, "reinforces... long-standing commitment to children's rights."

While the primary responsibility for raising children lies with parents, the Welsh Government has a very specific role in creating a society in which children can grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. Our commitment to introduce legislation, alongside support for parents, is key to us achieving success in this endeavour.

– Huw Irranca-Davies AM

The consultation asked 2,000 the legislation would achieve the aim of protecting children's rights, just over half of respondents agreed but 48.1% disagreed.

Around 2,000 people took part in the survey.

The Bill will be introduced between September this year and July 2019.