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Open Consultation - Electoral reform in local government in Wales

The relevant provisions of the Wales Act 2017 on electoral and registration matters are due to come into force in 2018. The Welsh Government is consulting on:

  • how democracy works in Wales
  • how people become eligible to vote
  • how they exercise their right to vote
  • how elections are organised

Changing who can vote

Age to Vote

To vote in elections you must be over 18.

** The Welsh Government wants to include 16 and 17 year olds too.**


  • You can view the consultation documents here

  • You can view the young person consultation document here

How to respond

Please submit your comments by 10 October 2017, in any of the following ways:

Online Form - Respond Online

Email – Download the Response Form. Complete and Return to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post Download the Response Form.  Complete and Return to: Local Government Democracy Division, Welsh Government, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ


The closing date for the Consultation is: 10th October 2017

The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales

What is The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales?

A principled and practical framework for working with children, grounded in the UNCRC, to help public bodies to integrate children’s rights into every aspect of decision-making, policy and practice.


Created by the office of the Children's Commissioner's for Wales with expert advice from the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, it encourages public services across the country to commit to the UNCRC and to improve how they plan and deliver their services.

You can download it here.


Why should I use this framework?

Investing in children’s rights has real benefits for organisations:

  • It will help public bodies to meet their statutory duties

  • It contributes to enabling more children and young people to be better involved in public services; leading to better decision making.

  • It ensures there’s a real focus on the particular needs of children whose voices can be lost or silenced.

  • It helps to create an environment where public services are accountable to all of its service users.


If you need any more information, please contact us.


You can also read: The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach to Education in Wales here. 

*** Please note, these resources were published by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales ***


Children's Rights Alliance for England

New child friendly resources on children's rights


Children's Rights Alliance for England has launched two publications for children and young people on how well the UK is respecting children’s rights.


Funded by the UK Department for Education, the two pamphlets summarise the Concluding Observations – the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s verdict on how well the UK is respecting children’s rights - in child-friendly language.  One is aimed at younger children aged between 7 and 11 years and the other for children aged between 12 and 17 years.  The new UK Minister for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill has written a foreword.


Children’s Rights Alliance for England worked with children at Hove Junior School and the Change it! steering group to co-produce the summaries to ensure they are accessible to children of different age groups.  Children and young people can use the resources to find out how well the UK Government is doing on a range of issues relating to children’s rights including making sure that children have a decent place to live, are kept safe, have a good education and are listened to.


Download the summary for 7-11 year-olds here.

Download the summary for 12-17 year-olds here.

If you would like to receive a hard copy please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Please note only English versions of these documents are available.


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