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Sunday, 25 October 2020


Coalition of children’s charities win recognition for work to end physical punishment of children

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A campaign by three children’s charities which led to Scotland becoming the first country in the UK to end physical punishment of children in law won Cracking Campaign of the year at the annual Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) Charity awards, last week.

Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st and NSPCC Scotland were ‘delighted’ to receive the award, which they say is a wonderful recognition of how much Scotland values children and young people.

Harriet Hall, Head of Communications and Marketing at Children 1st, who collected the award on behalf of the coalition of charities said:

“A huge thank you to the SCVO and the judges for recognising how momentous this long-fought for change in the law to remove the defence of justifiable assault is for children across Scotland.

“The campaign’s success was down to the strong support from communities, professionals and politicians. Special recognition needs to go to John Finnie MSP for driving the legislation through Parliament and to all the children and families who shared their stories about what a difference the change in the law would mean to them. This award tonight is not just for Barnardo’s Scotland, Children 1st and NSPCC Scotland – it’s for everyone who worked so hard to uphold children’s right to have the same, equal protection from violence as adults.”

The award was presented by Sally Magnusson at a virtual award ceremony, hosted by the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. It recognised the joint campaigning efforts by Children 1st, NSPCC Scotland and Barnardo’s Scotland which culminated in the Equal Protection (Scotland) Act 2019.

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