Information for children
On 7 November 2020, the law on physical punishment will change. From that date, physical punishment will be against
the law in Scotland.“ Law” is a special name for rules for a country.
This change in the law means that physical punishment will not be allowed in Scotland
Physical punishment has lots of meanings. It can mean smacking, skelping, slapping and pinching.
But there are other types too.
Physical punishment is not good for you. It’s important that you grow up safe, happy and healthy.
This change helps make sure you can do that.
Want to talk to someone?
You can talk to an adult you trust. This might be a teacher or nurse or a Police officer.
Or you can call Childline free
on 0800 1111.