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Starting 21 March 2022, it will be illegal for anyone, including visitors, in Wales, to use any physical punishment including smacking, hitting, slapping and shaking of children. This will give children the same protection from assault as adults.

Parents will no longer be able to rely on the defence of reasonable chastisement in these circumstances.

The labour led Welsh Government has started a 6 month publicity campaign, including this video, to make the public aware of the change in the law and support services available to supplement the objective of protecting children from the harm of physical punishment.

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