Responding to the National Assembly for Wales Children, Young People and Education Committee’s stage one report on the Children (Abolition of Defence of Reasonable Punishment) (Wales) Bill, Nesta Lloyd-Jones, Interim Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation said:
“The proposed Bill removes some of the ambiguity around what constitutes an acceptable punishment for a child. This will help health and social care professionals working in Wales provide the clear and consistent advice that what you wouldn’t do to an adult, you wouldn’t do to a child. The Bill is a clear demonstration that Wales is working towards being a forward-looking nation that seeks to prevent historical attitudes towards how to chastise children that were, in many cases, then leading to significant emotional and mental harm to children and young people.
“The introduction of legislation alone will not lead to societal change. For the Bill to have the desired impact there needs to be a sustained effort to support and communicate the changes from the Welsh Government in order to mitigate any potential impact on resource for health, social services and wider public services teams.”