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Christina McKelvie supports change in law to ban ‘justifiable assault’ on children


Scotland is set to become the first country in the United Kingdom to outlaw the physical punishment of children following support from the Scottish Government.

Under the proposals, put forward by Scottish Green MSP, John Finnie and supported by the Scottish Government, ‘justifiable assault’ would no longer be lawful under Scottish law. The move comes after a consultation from Mr.Finnie received over 75% support for the legal reform.

At present, ‘justifiable assault’ can be used as a defence in cases against those accused of smacking. The proposals, which have been supported by Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, have been welcomed as ‘progressive’ and as a ‘positive step’

Commenting, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“This is an outdated, unwarranted and archaic practice that has no place in the 21st century.

I am happy to support my parliamentary colleague, John Finnie MSP, and his bill to reform and outlaw physical punishment of children.

“The consultation for the bill clearly shows the wide ranging support for the practice to be outlawed and I am delighted that the Scottish Government has indicated that they will support the bill, ensuring it becomes law.