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.”
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