Good parents will be turned into criminals.
Be Reasonable Wales
We opposed the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) Bill, which was passed by the Welsh Parliament in January 2020. The new law came into force on 21st March 2022, making mild parental smacking a criminal offence.
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I am a resident of Wales and 16 years old or over.
Why we oppose the smacking ban
Police and social workers will be flooded with trivial cases leaving them struggling to stop genuine child abuse.
Parents should decide whether to smack their children, not the government.
The current law already protects children from abuse. It needs to be enforced, not changed.
Should parental smacking of children be a criminal offence?
Source: ComRes, 13-25 January 2017
The online poll was conducted by ComRes which interviewed 1019 Welsh adults between 13 and 25 January 2017. Data were weighted to be demographically representative.