The Welsh Liberal Democrats have thrown their support behind plans to ban the smacking of children by ending the defence of reasonable chastisement.
Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Jane Dodds commented:
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have consistently supported banning smacking by ending the defence of reasonable chastisement. This common sense step is supported by children’s organisations across Wales and gives children the same protections from assault as their adult peers.
“Smacking is counterproductive, it makes children more likely to misbehave whilst increasing the risk of childhood aggression and anxiety and adult aggression and mental illness. We must protect our children from these harms and ensure the relationship between parents and children remains one of love and not fear.”