Extracted from https://www.cypcs.org.uk
The Children & Young People’s Commissioner has renewed calls for the Scottish Government to bring an end to legislation allowing a defence of justifiable assault against children.
The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 allows the defence of justifiable assault against children.
This exists where it is claimed an act against a child was a physical punishment carried out while exercising a parental right.
"The evidence couldn’t be clearer. If you introduce equal protection, there is a corresponding reduction in the physical abuse of children.
The Commissioner’s only regret was not bringing an end to the legislation allowing a defence of justifiable assault against children and calls for the equal protection for children.
Further information can be found at https://www.cypcs.org.uk/news/in-the-news/scotland-is-out-of-step-with-europe-and-the-world-commissioner-renews-calls-for-equalprotection-of-children?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Apr17