Ending physical punishment in Wales

25th January 2022

From Monday 21 March 2022 physically punishing children becomes illegal in Wales.

This includes, but is not limited to, smacking, slapping, hitting and shaking.

It will give children the same rights and protection from assault as adults.

After Monday 21 March 2022 anyone who physically punishes a child:

  • Will be breaking the law.
  • Risks being arrested or charged with assault.

• May get a criminal record, which is the same for any criminal offence.

Information, advice and support is available for anyone who needs it. Visit the Welsh Government’s Parenting. Give It Time website for details.