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Barnard Scotland statement in support of Green's Equal Protection Bill

7th September 2018

Barnardo's Scotland Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill.

Commenting on the introduction of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill today, 7 September 2018, by Scottish Green MSP John Finnie, Martin Crewe, Director of Barnardo's Scotland said:"We are absolutely delighted to see the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament today. This legal change to provide children in Scotland with equal protection from physical assault within the law has been a long time coming, but in the Year of Young People this is an important moment for the rights of children.

“Through our work with children, young people and families, we know how important positive, healthy attachments and relationships are. Children’s brains develop best when they feel safe and when they are nurtured.

“We want to see a society and culture where no violence against children is acceptable and this Bill provides a clear statement of intent. We congratulate John Finnie MSP and the Scottish Green Party for driving forwards this important agenda and look forward to continuing to support the progression of this Bill."

Martin Crewe is Director of Barnardo’s Scotland and Corporate Director - Celtic Nations.

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