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Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 


The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019 will come 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”.  At present, this defence is available to parents and carers charged with assaulting a child in their care.  This will cease in Scotland on 7 November 2020, when the removal of the defence will come into force.  In essence, this means that it will no longer be 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:

Where can children access advice and support? 

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland


Children and young people should be encouraged to talk to an adult that they trust.

That person might be a teacher.

Or a nurse or police officer.  

Or they can call Childline for free on 0800 1111


Angus Council Access Line 03452 777 778 or on Angus Council Website


Child Law Centre


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