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Ending physical punishment in Wales

On 21 March 2022 physically punishing children became illegal in Wales. The change in law gives children the same protection from assault as adults. It makes the law clearer and easier for children, parents, professionals and the public to understand.

Physical punishment has been illegal in schools, children's homes, local authority foster care homes and childcare settings for some time.

Anyone who physically punishes a child will be breaking the law, risks being arrested or charged with assault and may get a criminal record as for any criminal offence.

For an oral statement in the Assembly of Wales concerning the ban, click here.