Fullscreen capture 27052016 144652.bmpThe Vale of Glamorgan Council’s publicly-funded Youth Service has appointed 22 Vale Youth Service ‘Rights Ambassadors to “deliver Children’s Rights Workshops” to pupils in local primary schools including Sully Primary and Victoria Primary.

The “rights”, about which the ‘ambassadors’ (aged between 11 and 18) are informing school pupils, are derived from the United Nations Convention  on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)  – a convention which has no basis in UK law .

First Minister Carwyn Jones telling the Welsh Assembly a new law is to be brought forward which will prohibit parents in Wales from slapping their children

First Minister Carwyn Jones telling the Welsh Assembly a new law is to be brought forward which will prohibit parents in Wales from slapping their children

One on the contentious provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a ban on the chastisement of children (i.e. slapping) –  a provision which the UK Government has refused to accept.

However the Welsh Labour Government’s First Minister Carwyn Jones has now said that he will introduce a new law in the National Assembly which – in effect – will prohibit parents from slapping their children. Jones told the Assembly on May 18th 2016 that ” we will take forward, on a cross-party basis, legislation that will remove the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’.”. 

As no such law will be introduced in England, English parents will have to be wary of Welsh law when visiting Wales with their offspring .     Meanwhile in the rest of Europe smacking is generally held to be illegal and the EU upholds the UNCRC as a basis for all EU law affecting children .

Several children’s rights groups – most of which are activist “charities” – are demanding that the UK Government enact the provisions of the  UNCRC into domestic law – but the UK Government has held-out against doing so.

The Family Education Trust says “if the defence of reasonable chastisement were to be removed, parental smacking would provide sufficient justification for social service intervention; there would be no prior need to assess whether the child was suffering ‘significant harm’. The Trust also claims  some bodies are adopting  radical interpretations of the UNCRC in its pursuit of an agenda”.

The Vale Council’s Rights Ambassadors project  funded by the Vale of Glamorgan’s Children and Young People’s Partnership. It has recruited 22 young volunteers  to complete an accredited “Agored Cymru ” (Open Wales) unit on the UNCRC.

Meanwhile “qualified project workers from the youth service”  have helped young people  develop a series of “workshops” for children, young people and adults across the Vale which will “raise awareness of children’s rights”.


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  1. Paul says:

    I’ve no problem with this as such provided that children are also aware of their responsibilities towards society and appropriate punishments for breaking those rules also exist. The days of a slap on the wrist are long gone, children need to appreciate hiw adults should treat them and at the same time how they should treat adults. If they are no penalties for any behaviour deemed inappropriate then adults and children end up feral based on my experience.

  2. Ann Other says:

    Children do not have rights. Adults have obligations to them. This is the source of their deserved well being. If children are ill treated, it is the adults that have failed. A general issue of putative and factitious rights is a moral travesty.

    • Louise C says:

      If adults don’t realise that children have rights then maybe we should be better at educating the next generation!

      • Ann Other says:

        Tell me where you think these rights come from in the first place.

      • Louise C says:

        Seriously? Where do these rights come from? The notion of universal human rights comes from the aftermath of WW2. The governments that set up the UN decided that there are overarching principles that countries should not deviate from. Hence the declaration of human rights. You can read it at . I think children have rights because they are human beings but you can also try reading the UN convention on the rights of the child.

      • Ann Other says:

        Yes. I mean where do they come from in terms of validity, not what document you have seen them mentioned in! We all know that we have been awarding one another rights since, especially, the last war. My point is that, as you agree, they are not innate in any way but are awarded by adults to other adults and to children, sometimes, and that, since children are immature morally and unable to acquire obligations they cannot acquire rights (the two are inseparable). One is therefore doing them a disservice by artificially awarding them rights because (a) they cannot hold them legitimately as they are not fully developed moral beings and (b) it lets adults off the moral imperative to treat them always with care and love because of their vulnerability and dependence. Writing down some ‘rights’ is an evasion.

  3. Parcel says:

    Oh pleeese!
    Who are they kidding……….

  4. Kevin Mahoney says:

    I have to say this all sounds rather creepy and a touch 1984ish

  5. pompousfruit says:

    That would be Julie Morgan AM pushing for this as she came up with the amendment in the previous Welsh Assembly to ban smacking. At present the law is vague as parents and legal guardians can hit a child, even with an implement, as long as a mark isn’t left. Marks don’t show up so much on dark skinned children.

  6. Peter Church says:

    Didn’t Labour use child spies to snitch on their parents to stop them voting in the last leadership election?

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