There has been mass support for legislation to abolish the defence of reasonable chastisement in Scots law. The Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill is currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament and is supported by many organisations including the Law Society of Scotland.
NSPCC Scotland has voiced through a spokesperson: “It’s wrong that children in Scotland have less protection from assault and that a legal defence which does not exist when an adult is hit can be used to justify striking a child.” The bill is expected to pass within the next few months.