Equal protection

The Commissioner's office has published work on making sure children have the same protection as adults under the law. This work can be found below.

Equal protection publications

Young People’s Views on Physical Punishment: Summary findings from the Young People in Scotland Survey 2016

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, June 2017. A summary of findings around young people in Scotland's views around physical punishment.

Read the summary findings.

Equally protected? A review of the evidence on the physical punishment of children

NSPCC Scotland, Children 1st, Barnardo's Scotland, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, November 2015. This review is an update of a 2008 review of physical punishment in Northern Ireland, The 'smacking debate' in Northern Ireland: messages from research. It summarises evidence that has become available since the 2008 review about:

  • the prevalence of and attitudes towards parental physical punishment in the UK and other Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD) countries,
  • the short and long term outcomes of physical punishment for health, development and wellbeing, and
  • the relationship between physical punishment and the risk of child maltreatment.

Read Equally Protected?