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The Welsh assembly has passed a law to prevent the physical punishment of children. National Assembly for Wales logo

The legislation is expected to come into force from 2022, following an awareness campaign.

Wales will join Scotland in outlawing the punishment after Welsh Assembly members voted 36 to 14 on Tuesday in favour of the bill.
 
Jonathan Broadbery, NDNA’s Head of Policy and External Relations, said: “Physical punishment is already prohibited in all UK nurseries, so taking away the reasonable punishment defence for families will make sense for providers. Early years settings in Wales already have behaviour management policies in place, so this law just supports what is already being done in nurseries. Practitioners understand the importance of why children demonstrate certain behaviours, so they can use these in a positive way to support their development. 

“This law shows the Welsh Government’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopting the same definition of physical punishment.

“A child’s earliest years are the most fundamental and important years of their lives, where they learn the skills that help them grow and develop into successful adults. Childcare providers work closely with families to build up a bank of long term strategies to support a child’s emotional literacy, self-regulation and positive behaviours. NDNA Cymru offers many training resources to support this valuable work.”