The Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 20 March 2020 and will come into force on Monday 21 March 2022.
The purpose of the legislation is to help protect children’s rights; it builds on the Welsh Government’s commitment to children’s rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Under the law, parents and other adults acting in a parental capacity will no longer be able to physically punish children in Wales. The Minister responsible for the legislation is Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Welsh Government.
Consultation on the Children’s Rights Scheme
The Welsh Government’s commitment to children’s rights extends beyond this very important law change to end physical punishment, and they are seeking your views on its “Draft Children’s Rights Scheme 2021.”
The scheme outlines the plan of ministers to support and raise awareness of children’s rights, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and how you can be more involved in influencing the decisions of Welsh Government.
The Welsh Government is seeking views from both children and adults. The consultation can be located here.