This week, an amendment to the Domestic Abuse Bill was debated in the House of Lords, aiming to protect children in England from acts of violence in the home.
The amendment would abolish the defence of “reasonable punishment” that currently exists under Section 58 of the Children Act 2004, and says that “battery of a child cannot be justified on the ground that it constituted reasonable punishment.”.
You can read the full briefing on this amendment here.
PACEY fully supports this amendment, which has been tabled by Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle, Baroness Walmsley, Baroness Whitaker and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff.
We offer our support in calling on the Government to make a change in the legislation ensure that children in England are protected from physical punishment, in the same way that Government in Scotland and Wales have already done.
Catch up on what was said in the House of Lords on Parliament TV, starting at timestamp 21:23:11.