Children need equal protection from assault

If the Scottish Parliament were to pass a new law that allowed us to hit children, there would be an outcry – but such a law already exists.

Parents charged with assaulting a child can argue in their defence that they were using physical punishment. In law this is known as “justifiable assault”.

Today parents, children, professionals and policy makers know that physical punishment doesn’t work. We also have comprehensive international evidence that physical punishment can harm children’s long-term health and wellbeing.

Yet, our current law gives children less protection from assault than anybody else in society, including animals.

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