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Elfyn Llwyd seeks to strengthen laws against child cruelty

Plaid Cymru Parliamentary leader, Elfyn Llwyd MP, will today (Monday) seek to strengthen the law against child cruelty as the Serious Crime Bill returns to the Commons for its third reading.  Mr Llwyd will also welcome the new offence of coercive control which is being introduced as part of this bill following Mr Llwyd's year-long campaign within Parliament.

Mr Llwyd has tabled an amendment that, if successful, would extend child protection legislation to 16 and 17 year olds who are at risk of cruelty and neglect.

Speaking ahead of the Commons debate, Mr Llwyd said:

“I hope to use today’s debate to make the case for using the Serious Crime Bill as a vehicle for strengthening the law against child cruelty.

“I share the concern of organisations like the Children’s Society that the government did not take the opportunity presented by the early stages of this bill to protect 16 and 17 year olds who are at risk of cruelty and neglect.

“My amendments seek to reignite a debate on this matter and would amend the Children’s Acts of 1933 and 1989 to deliver greater protection for young people of this age.

"I will also be welcoming the new offence of coercive control, which has been published in this bill as the culmination of a year-long campaign within Parliament.

"From now on, victims of coercive control - which can include emotional and psychological abuse - will have stronger protection from the law.  I am very proud to have played a role in bringing in this new offence."