Health visitors and school nurses are calling on the House of Lords today (Monday, 5 July) to back a new clause to the Children’s Bill, which would give children the same protection from assault, as that currently enjoyed by adults.
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association (CPHVA) is one of more than 350 organisations which supports The Children Are Unbeatable Alliance. The House of Lords was due to vote today (5 July) on the new clause.
The CPHVA’s Lead Professional Officer (Health Visiting), Obi Amadi said: ‘The present legal situation is a mess and outdated. We need to have reform so that children can have the same legal protection as adults – and public opinion supports this view.’
The CPHVA has had a long-standing policy opposing the smacking of children, believing that there are less confrontational ways of showing a child the error of its ways.
Ms Amadi said: ‘Research has demonstrated that the more aggressive and authoritarian parents are, the more likely they are to produce aggressive children with reduced self-esteem and confidence.’