Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019

Tag:Assault Scotland Law

Search Legislation

Advanced Search
Assault Scotland Law

What Version

  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As enacted)
Assault Scotland Law

Advanced Features

  • Show Explanatory Notes for Sections
Assault Scotland Law

Opening Options

  • Open whole Act

More Resources

  • Original: King's Printer Version
  • Correction Slip - 13/11/2019

Tag: Assault Scotland Law

View more


This is the original version (as it was originally enacted).

The Bill for this Act of the Scottish Parliament was passed by the Parliament on 3rd October 2019 and received Royal Assent on 7th November 2019

An Act of the Scottish Parliament to abolish the defence of reasonable chastisement; and for connected purposes.

1Abolition of defence of reasonable chastisement

(1)The rule of law, that the physical punishment of a child in the exercise of a parental right or a right derived from having charge or care of the child is justifiable and is therefore not an assault, ceases to have effect.

(2)Section 51 (physical punishment of children) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 is repealed.

2Duty of Scottish Ministers to raise awareness

The Scottish Ministers must take such steps as they consider appropriate to promote public awareness and understanding about the effect of section 1.

3Transitional and saving provision

(1)Section 1 does not apply to anything done before the day on which that section comes into force.


(a)the rule of law mentioned in section 1(1), and

(b)section 51 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003,

continue to have effect for the purposes of any proceedings ongoing on, or brought on or after, the day section 1 comes into force which relate to an alleged assault on a child committed before that day.

(3)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make such further transitional, transitory or saving provision as they consider necessary or expedient in connection with the coming into force of section 1.

(4)Regulations under subsection (3) are subject to the negative procedure.


(1)This section and sections 2, 3(3) and (4) and 5 come into force on the day after Royal Assent.

(2)The other provisions of this Act come into force on the expiry of the period of 12 months beginning with the day of Royal Assent.

5Short title

The short title of this Act is the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Act 2019.

Back to top

View more results about Assault Scotland Law



Hello, We’re GnurtAI content writer. We always try to help clients bring the right content to the right people. There will be errors during testing, please ignore and inform us to make the experience better.

Leave Comment


Press ESC to close