5.5 National strategy to increase youth participation
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Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation
There is no national strategy to increase young people’s political and civil society participation.
The Welsh Programme for Government, Taking Wales Forward 2016-2021 , states the Government’s commitment to creating a fairer society. To achieve this, their action plan includes: supporting to decreasing the voting age to 16, taking action to increase voter registration, and exploring how to enhance voter participation through digital democracy (note, however, that the programme is not specific to young people).
The Youth Work Strategy for Wales The strategy aims for youth work to:
- be recognised for its value and impact by individuals, charitable trusts, public sector commissioners and services at all levels
- play an active, established role in informing and implementing services for young people across a range of policy areas/programmes of work
- draw on a robust evidence base that can be used to inform and influence approaches for working with, and securing outcomes for, young people
- have opportunities to celebrate its work and engage in discussion with the public and politicians about the impact of its approaches.
The Wales Charter for Youth Work sets out the Government’s minimum expectation for youth work to young people across Wales. It states that all young people will be entitled to easy access through the medium of English or Welsh to opportunities to participate in decision-making via informal and formal structures for youth engagement locally and nationally and to opportunities to be civic activists.
Scope and contents
Responsible authority for the implementation of the strategy
Monitoring and evaluation