Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill


About the Bill

The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 6 September 2018.  The purpose of the Bill is to end the physical punishment of children by parents or those with caring responsibility for a child. The Bill would remove the defence of “reasonable chastisement” which can be used to justify using physical force on a child.

Read the Bills and Accompanying Documents 

Current Status of the Bill

This Members Bill was introduced by John Finnie MSP on 6th September 2018

Stage 1

The Equalities and Human Rights Committee is the lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny.

The Committee launched its call for views on 2 November 2018. The deadline for responses is 25 January 2019. If you would like to send us your views, please read the call for views document below, and use one of the templates provided to respond. Please note that if you are under 12 years old, you should use the second template to send us your views.

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