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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08926: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 21 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the publication of its position statement on the Universal Periodic Review of human rights in the UK, for what reason it did not include its decision not to ban justifiable assault of children in Scotland.

Answered by: Angela Constance 2 May 2017

The Scottish Government position statement describes the current policy and legislative context in Scotland and reaffirms that the Scottish Government does not support the physical punishment of children.

Progress in this area will be achieved by providing positive support to parents which enables them to make positive choices about how they manage their children’s behaviour. Action to promote positive parenting in Scotland is delivered within the framework of the National Parenting Strategy and is supported by the Children, Young People and Families Early Intervention Fund, and the Adult Learning and Empowering Communities Fund.

The Scottish Government will continue to provide support, information and advice to ensure that parents are able to give their children the best start in life.