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The Vermont Statutes Online


Title 33 : Human Services

Chapter 035 : CHILD CARE


(Cite as: 33 V.S.A. § 3503)
  • § 3503. Corporal punishment prohibited

    (a) As used in this chapter, “corporal punishment” means the intentional infliction of physical pain upon the body of a child as a disciplinary measure.

    (b) No person employed by or agent of a licensed or registered child care facility shall inflict or cause to be inflicted corporal punishment upon a child attending the facility. However, this section does not prohibit a person from using reasonable and necessary force:

    (1) to quell a disturbance;

    (2) to obtain possession of dangerous objects upon the person of or within the control of a child;

    (3) for the purpose of self defense; or

    (4) for the protection of persons or property. (Added 1983, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; amended 2007, No. 172 (Adj. Sess.), § 16; 2021, No. 20, § 320.)