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Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019
The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 came into force on 7th November 2020.
What is it?
The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 removes the statutory defence at Court in relation to “justifiable assault” or “reasonable chastisement” in the exercise of “parental rights” or of a right derived from having charge or care of a child.
The Act will remove the common law defence of “reasonable chastisement”. This defence was available to parents and carers charged with assaulting a child in their care. This ceased in Scotland on 7 November 2020, when the removal of the defence come into force. In essence, this means that it is no longer lawful to physically punish a child in Scotland.
Information about this Act is published on the Scottish Government website, and this may also be of interest to you: https://www.gov.scot/publications/physical-punishment-and-discipline-of-children-how-the-law-is-changing/.
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Angus Council Access Line to report a child protection concern Tel: 03452 777 778 or on Angus Council Website.
If a child is being abused or in danger now, call the police on 999
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