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Physical punishment of children: Wales
Welsh Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Davies, speaking at a joint conference, organised by ISPCAN, BASPCAN, NSPCC Cymru/ Wales and Children in Wales, on 14 March reiterated the Welsh Government’s view that the physical punishment of a child is no longer acceptable in Wales. The Welsh Government is consulting on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment of children in Wales, which would mean that any adult looking after a child would no longer be able to use physical or corporal punishment against them. The consultation closes on 02 April 2018.
Source: Welsh Government Date: 14 March 2018
Legislative proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment
The Welsh Assembly Government wants your views on the proposal to remove the defence of reasonable punishment.
It is against the law for a parent or carer to smack their child, except where this amounts to ‘reasonable punishment’ (section 58 Children Act 2004).
We are consulting on the development of a legislative proposal to remove this defence. This would not create a new criminal offence, but would remove a defence to the existing offence of common assault or battery.
Consultation Opens: 9th January 2018
Consultation Closes: 2nd April 2018
Responses can be submitted in the following ways: Online, by email or by post.
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Care Crisis Review: Surveys for Practitioners and Families
Family Rights Group (FRG) have launched two online surveys to gather views from practitioners and families as part of the call for evidence that will inform the sector-led Care Crisis Review of the rise in applications for care orders and the numbers of children in care. One survey has been devised for practitioners, senior managers, elected members and the judiciary, and another for family members whose children are or have been involved with children’s social care services or subject to care proceedings. A separate survey for children and young people is also planned.
Closes: 11 February 2018 (at midnight)
Further details and links to the surveys are provided on the FRG website.
Children and the GDPR Guidance: ICO Consultation
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is consulting on draft guidance on the GDPR provisions intended to enhance the protection of children’s personal data. The draft guidance sets out the ICO’s recommended approach to ensuring a child’s right to privacy is met when their personal data is processed.
Closes: 28 February 2018
Further details and consultation documents can be found on the ICO website.
Special Guardianship Orders
The Welsh Government is seeking your views on amendments to the Special Guardianship (Wales) regulations 2005 and a new code of practice for local authorities.
The amendments cover:
- The assessment of potential special guardians
- Provision of support to former looked after children
- Entitlement to assessment for special guardianship support services.
The code of practice covers local authority functions in relation to special guardianship orders.
Closing Date: 27 November 2017
Emotional and mental health of children and young people consultation
The National Assembly for Wales, Children Young People and Education Committee is consulting on the terms of reference for the inquiry on the emotional and mental health of children and young people. The inquiry will consider whether the Welsh government’s review of the ‘Together for children and young people programme’ is on track to deliver the ‘step-change’ in the child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) services that is needed.
The deadline for responses is 29 September 2017. For more information, please click here.