Clan Childlaw today responded to the public consultation on John Finnie MSP's Proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill.

Clan Childlaw fully supports the proposal to give children equal protection against assault by removing the justifiable assault defence from section 51 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 and the defence of reasonable chastisement from common law.

Read our Consultation response.

Read the Opinion of Senior Counsel on the legality of Scots law on the physical punishment of children, written by Janys Scott QC for the Children's Rights Strategic Litigation Working Group on Equal Protection.