Children Are Unbeatable! Scotland

Children Are Unbeatable! (CAU) Scotland campaigns for children to have the same protection in Scots law as adults.


The majority of people in Scotland don’t like physical punishment of children. They don’t think it works. The Scottish Government does not support physical punishment of children and promotes positive forms of parenting. Physical punishment is recognised as a violation of children’s human rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).


But, there is a defence of ‘justifiable assault in Scotland, and similar provisions in legislation in the remaining three countries of the UK.


A change in the law, accompanied by further promotion of positive parenting approaches would help support parents to raise their children the way they want to. It would bring about further reduction in the use of physical punishment in Scotland which in turn would improve children’s wellbeing.

Recent news

Report calls for prohibition in Scotland

Date: December 2015

A systematic review of research literature on physical punishment, jointly commissioned by Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and NSPCC Scotland was published in November

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Corporal punishment to be banned in madrassas

Date: December 2015

On November 27 the Government published plans to prohibit corporal punishment in all part-time educational settings, including madrassas (see: consultation). The proposals also aim to prevent children being “radicalised” in madrassas...

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