Local parenting support charity Parenting NI has welcomed the news that Scottish government has backed proposals to give children equal protection from assault as adults under the law.
Charlene Brooks, CEO of Parenting NI said,
“We are delighted to hear the announcement that Scotland will be bringing about the legal change necessary to provide children with equal protection from assault.
Whilst it is fantastic news, it is also disappointing that children in the rest of the UK are not afforded the same protection. Parenting NI would be calling on local government to follow suit for children in Northern Ireland. Support for parents is imperative to ensuring the best outcomes for children and therefore this also needs to be high on the agenda alongside legal reform.
Parenting NI encourage parents to consider their options and use a positive parenting approach. Parents can contact our freephone helpline for support with managing challenging behaviour on 0808 8010 722 and access positive parenting tips via our website.”