Be Reasonable

Stop The Assault On Parenting

Don’t let good parents be turned into criminals.

Join our mailing list to receive news and updates.

Be Reasonable Roadshow

Edinburgh  |  Thursday 14 June 2018

7.30pm – 8.30pm
Castle Suite, Jurys Inn, 43 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH

Download flyer

Why The Law Needs To Remain Unchanged…

Good parents will be turned into criminals.

Police and social workers will be flooded with trivial cases leaving them struggling to stop genuine child abuse.

Parents should decide whether to smack their children, not the government.

The current law already protects children from abuse. It needs to be enforced, not changed.

Should parental smacking of children be a criminal offence?

74%say NO
Source: ComRes, 21 Sept-2 Oct 2017

ComRes interviewed 1,010 Scottish adults online between 21 September and 2 October 2017. Data were weighted to be demographically representative of all Scottish adults aged 18+.

“Yeah, but…

Answers to common arguments in favour of changing the law to criminalise parents

Be Reasonable – Stop the assault on parenting

FAQ

More

What is being proposed?

Currently parents in Scotland are protected from being charged with assault if they smack their own children under the ‘reasonable chastisement defence’. MSP John Finnie’s Private Member’s Bill proposes to remove this protection. The Scottish Government has said it will support his Bill.

Does the law need to be changed?

No. Any punishment that is immoderate or excessive is already deemed “unjustifiable” and therefore against the law. The legislation specifically outlaws blows to the head, shaking, or the use of an implement. Parents found guilty of assault can be imprisoned for up to five years and face an unlimited fine.