The Welsh Government has introduced a Bill to make it a criminal offence for a parent to smack their own child. Those who support this change misrepresent a controlled smack by a loving parent as equivalent to child abuse.
7 Larzelere, R E, Swindle, T, Johnson, B R, ‘Swedish Trends in Assaults Against Minors Since Banning Spanking, 1981-2010’, International Journal of Criminology and Sociology, 2013(2), pages 129-137
8The Times, 13 February 2014
9Legal analysis of section 59 Crimes Act – the anti-smacking legislation – Update of previous opinion, Chen Palmer New Zealand Public and Employment Law Specialists, 17 January 2018
10Data Science to analyse responses to the National Assembly for Wales Children, Young People and Education Committee’s consultation on the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill, ONS, June 2019
11Consultation on the Legislative Proposal to Remove the Defence of Reasonable Punishment: Welsh Government Consultation – summary of responses, Welsh Government, August 2018
12#TalkParenting: Online engagement update, Welsh Government, August 2018, pages 2-3