OPFS strongly supports John Finnie MSP proposal to introduce equal protection for children from assault

OPFS strongly supports John Finnie MSP proposal to introduce equal protection for  children from assault

John Finnie MSP has introduced  a Bill  and consultation  to the Scottish Parliament to give children equal protection from assault by prohibiting the physical punishment of children.

Satwat Rehman , Director of One Parent Families Scotland  said  in response that OPFS along with many of Scotland’s children and family charities  supports the move to give children the same legal protection as adults:

“Children deserve as much respect as anyone else, so just as it unacceptable to hit another adult so it should be unacceptable to smack a child. An end to the physical disciplining  of children should be shaped by a children’s rights perspective therefore  I welcome the consultation initiated by  John Finnie MSP and his proposed bill.  OPFS will be encouraging single parents to get involved in the consultation.

Removing the defence of “‘justifiable assault’ from Scottish law and thus giving children equal protection under the law on assault is the only just, moral and safe way to clarify the law. There already exists adequate means to prevent unwarranted or unhelpful prosecutions and this would eliminate the current confusion over what is acceptable and provide a clear basis for child protection.”

Show your support on social media using the #equalprotection hashtag.

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