The physical punishment of children is now illegal in Wales.
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Any type of punishment, including smacking, hitting, slapping and shaking, has been made illegal in the country from Monday.
The “smacking ban”, as it is known, was brought in under the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Act 2020 and marks the end of the common law defence of “reasonable punishment”.
It means children will get the same protection from assault as adults, and the law will apply to everyone, even those visiting Wales.
Parents or anyone who is responsible for a child while the parents are absent can now face criminal or civil charges if they are found to have physically disciplined a young person in any way.
First Minister Mark Drakeford said: “The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child makes it clear that children have the right to be protected from harm and from being hurt and this includes physical punishment.
“That right is now enshrined in Welsh law. No more grey areas. No more ‘defence of reasonable punishment’. That is all in the past.”
He added: “There is no place for physical punishment in a modern Wales.”