Equal Protection Bill will help achieve ambition of making Scotland best place to grow up

Mary Glasgow, interim Chief Executive, Children 1st, Scotland’s national children’s charity, said: “We warmly welcome the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill which will amend the archaic law that gives children, the smallest, most vulnerable members of our society, less protection from physical harm than anybody else.

“John Finnie MSP’s Bill will ensure Scots law clearly reflects both the overwhelming scientific evidence we now have that children need to grow up with respectful,  warm and supportive relationships with the adults around them and the wide body of research which clearly confirms that physical punishment doesn’t work and can be harmful.  

“John and the Green Party have led the way in progressing this important piece of legislation, which has widespread support across the Parliament and society. When it passes, the Bill will give families clarity and help achieve the ambition of making Scotland the best place for children to grow up.”