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Ending physical punishment in Wales

Physically punishing children is illegal in Wales.

We want to protect children and their rights, to give them the best start in life.

What is physical punishment?

There are lots of types of physical punishment. It can mean smacking, hitting, slapping and shaking. But there are other types too. It isn’t possible to give a set list of what makes up physical punishment because it can be anything where a child is punished using physical force.

Research suggests that any type of physical punishment could be harmful to children.

Supporting parents
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More about the law
More about the law
Who does the law on physical punishment apply to, and what to do if you’re concerned?
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Useful resources
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