It is over a year since physical punishment, like smacking, became illegal in Wales. It was a historic moment for children’s rights as children received the same legal protection from common assault as adults for the first time.
As part of the ongoing support for parents, Parenting. Give it time roadshows took place across Wales in March. Due to the heavy snow in Newtown on 9 March which prevented the event from taking place, the roadshow has been rescheduled and will visit Tesco Newtown on Thursday 20 April from 10am to 1pm.
Parenting isn’t always easy; the Welsh Government’s Parenting. Give it time campaign wants to help by providing positive parenting information, advice and support for parents with children up to the age of 18. The roadshows will offer informal public drop-in sessions at supermarkets, providing practical advice on positive parenting techniques and an opportunity to find out more about the new law on physical punishment.
Representatives from local authority parenting and family support services and Parenting: Give it time will be on hand to talk all things parenting.
Sue Layton, Chair of the National Parenting and Family Support Strategic Leads Network, which supports practitioners to deliver quality family/parenting support services, said: “Now the law is in force in Wales there has never been a better time to find out about positive ways to manage children’s behaviour. Raising children is incredibly rewarding but can also be challenging at times!
“For those who are unable to attend, the Parenting. Give it time website has lots of information and resources to help and support parents or contact your local authority direct to find out what parenting support is available locally.”
Cllr Susan McNicholas, Powys County Council’s Cabinet Member for Future Generations said: “We’re delighted the roadshow will be visiting Powys. We look forward to talking to families about Parenting. Give it time and what it has to offer. We want to help share our knowledge and look forward to attending the roadshow in Newtown to meet parents and children face-to-face and answer any questions they may have.”