This consultation ended 2 April 2018.
Summary of outcome
The summary of responses is now available.
Details of outcome
We want your views on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.
It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’ (section 58 Children Act 2004).
We are consulting on the development of a legislative proposal to remove this defence. This would not create a new criminal offence, but would remove a defence to the existing offence of common assault or battery.