The National Assembly for Wales is everybody’s Assembly. We want to know what everyone thinks about the future of our country. This includes people of all ages, religions, ability, sexual orientation, ethnicity or gender. To make sure that young people have the opportunity to express their opinion and be listened too, the National Assembly for Wales has a Youth Engagement Charter.
The Youth Engagement Charter outlines the commitment made by the Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, and each of the 4 political party leaders – First Minister for Wales, Carwyn Jones AM (Labour), Andrew RT Davies AM (Conservatives), Kirsty Williams AM (Liberal Democrat) and Leanne Wood AM (Plaid Cymru) – to make sure they listen, respect and act on what young people from across Wales tell them.
The Youth Engagement Charter also outlines what changes we are making to make it easier for young people to find information about the work of the Assembly, take part in the debate and find out how their contributions made a difference.
How and why did the National Assembly for Wales create the Youth Engagement Charter?
Your Assembly – your say, your way campaign
In September 2013 Dame Rosemary Butler, Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, led a consultation, Your Assembly – your say, your way, which asked 11-18 year olds how we can better involve them in the work of the Assembly. We wanted young people to tell us what matters to them, what they expect from us and what we can do to make sure their voices are heard. We wanted young people to tell us what the best ways would be for them to get involved in the Assembly’s work.
As a result of what over 3,000 young people have told us we have developed a Children and Young People Engagement Charter which outlines what young people have asked us and what changes we are making to make it easier for young people to find information about the work of the Assembly, take part in the debate and find out how their contributions made a difference.