MSPs to visit Skye to hear views on ‘anti-smacking’ Bill

Equalities and Human Rights Committee convener, Ruth Maguire MSP. NO F11 Maguire

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Portree is set to host a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee as MSPs discuss proposals to stop parents relying on the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ if they physically punish their child.

MSPs will meet a range of groups on the island before holding a formal meeting with representatives of different faiths and belief systems.

The committee is currently scrutinising the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) Bill, and the implications of how the law might work if passed. This stage in the Parliamentary process is an opportunity for MSPs to hear from stakeholders, to make recommendations about the Bill, and to come to a view as a committee on whether or not to support the Bill becoming a law.

The formal committee meeting, which is open to the public to attend, will be held between 4-6pm on Friday March 15 in the Fingal Centre / Arainn Fhinn, Portree. The public are also welcome to a question-and-answer session in the centre from 3.15pm.

Earlier in the day, members will also meet with schoolchildren from Bun-Sgoil Ghaidhlig Phort Righ (Portree Gaelic Primary School), Portree High School, young carers and parents’ groups on the island, to hear their views on the proposals.

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