17 April 2020
Jersey’s smacking ban will come into force on Friday 24 April, meaning that the Island will be the first place in the British Isles to implement this important legal change.
This morning the Royal Court of Jersey officially registered the Children and Education (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 2020.
It follows approval by the States Assembly on 12 December last year and the Privy Council this month.
The new Law means that children now have the same legal protection as adults from assault, so that smacking, hitting or slapping a child is not permitted in any circumstances.
Children’s Minister Senator Sam Mézec said it was a historic day for Jersey and would stop parents, carers or legal guardians using physical violence as punishment of children.
Senator Mézec said: “I am delighted and proud that Jersey will be the first place in the British Isles to prohibit all forms of corporal punishment.
“I’m proud that Jersey has taken this step and once again put children’s rights at the heart of what we do.
“Times have changed and there is no place in a modern society for the physical punishment of children.
“The new Law is an important milestone on our way to making Jersey the best place for children to grow up.
“We understand that this new law change comes at a very challenging time for families, and so we want to let parents know they are supported, which is why I have approved an awareness campaign to ensure that all parents are informed about these legislative changes and know where to get the support they need.”
The Government is launching a public awareness campaign called Stop Smacking Seek Support to ensure that parents and carers can find the support they need to approach children’s behaviour without resorting to smacking.
There are several different agencies and professionals in Jersey where you can seek support, including:
- Parenting Support Services
- Family Nursing and Home Care
- NSPCC Jersey