The Children Wales Bill will help bring an end to the physical punishment of children in Wales.

First published:
25 March 2019
Last updated:

The Bill will help to protect children’s rights. If passed, it will not create a new offence, it will remove the common law defence of reasonable punishment.

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services announces the Bill

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan announced the introduction of the Children Wales Bill on 25 March 2019.

Here’s why some people are supporting the Children Wales Bill.


Removing the defence of reasonable punishment is a long standing commitment and part of our national strategy, “Prosperity for All.  We consulted in 2018 with different partners, communities and individuals.

Next steps

Follow the Bill’s progress through scrutiny by the National Assembly for Wales.