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.

The Committee's call for views runs until 25 January 2019. Further details are below.

Stage 1

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

Call for Views

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 download one of the templates provided to respond.

You can email your completed form to

Please note that if you are under 12 years old, you should use the second template to send us your views.

Meeting in a Box! 

Are you part of a group or club that might be interested in having a conversation about the Bill? We are encouraging people around Scotland to host a Meeting in a Box!. The Meeting in a Box! contains all the tools you need to facilitate a conversation about the Bill, including a form to send the thoughts of your group to the Committee. You can download the Meeting in a Box! below, or email us if you'd like a hard copy. 

The Meeting in a Box! pack contains a response sheet for capturing your views, but you can also use the template below.

If you have any questions about using the Meeting in a Box!, please contact the Committee on (0131) 348 5048 or by emailing

The deadline for submitting your Meeting in a Box! response is Friday 8 March.

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