Mudiad Meithrin welcomes the Welsh Government’s intention to launch a consultation over the next year to dissolve the legal protection of 'reasonable punishment' when a child is attacked by a parent or family carer (Section 58 of the Children Act 2004).
52 countries around the world have already ensured that children have the same protection from physical assaults as have adults. It is now time for Wales to take the step to realize the rights of children and to make sure that our laws clearly state that hitting a child is never acceptable.
Mudiad Meithrin provides Welsh-medium childcare services across Wales for thousands of children under five years old. Guiding and supporting young children to develop their skills, their awareness of the world, and their understanding of relationships with others is an integral part of our work. Our staff in the cylchoedd meithrin and in our nurseries discipline and teach by acting with care, empathy, patience and respect. Mudiad Meithrin believes that these are the qualities and behaviors that create the most positive and loving environment for children in their homes.
We are confident that reforming the law to secure human rights for children will not adversely impact on the families of Wales, but rather it will give everyone legal clarity and equal rights for children.
Supporting parents and carers to bring up children is an important part of Mudiad Meithrin’s work and we are proud to offer support services such as Cymraeg for Kids and Ti a Fi Groups that encourage strong attachment, pleasant experiences and time for parents and children to enjoy each other's company. Mudiad Meithrin will be proud to continue to support parents and carers with positive methods and ideas about how to support and raise children.
Mudiad Meithrin supports the ‘Children are Unbeatable’ campaign, together with over 600 organizations across the UK.