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Call for views on ending the physical punishment of children 06/11/2018 Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee has launched a call for views on proposed changes that would remove the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ from Scots law

Call for views on ending the physical punishment of children

Holyrood’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee has launched a call for views on proposed changes that would remove the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ from Scots law. Without this legal defence, parents and guardians would not be able to physically punish their children.

The proposal, which has been brought forward by John Finnie MSP in a private Members’ Bill, will face public scrutiny from the Committee early in 2019. Ahead of this, the Committee is seeking to gather as wide a range of views as possible, to better inform its work.

“This Bill has aroused strong views,” said Committee Convener, Ruth Maguire MSP. “There are passionately held beliefs on both sides of this argument – from those who think that physical punishment violates a child’s human rights, to those who feel parents should have a right to smack their children.”

“As the proposed law starts making its way through the Parliamentary process, we are keen to hear from people in Scotland who have a view on this subject. This will help us as we carry out our role as parliamentarians and inform our consideration of the proposals."

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