Plaid Cymru has outlined its pledges to create confident and capable young people in its Children and Young People Manifesto today. Launching the manifesto, Llanelli candidate Helen Mary Jones said that Plaid Cymru would ensure every chance of success for every child.
Among the pledges in the manifesto, are commitments to:
• Invest in early years education to give all children universal access to education from the age of three because this is proven to close the attainment gap.
• Improve children’s welfare by teaching healthy relationships in schools and maintaining counselling services. Plaid Cymru will also improve the defence of reasonable chastisement so that children will no longer be allowed to be smacked.
• To establish a Youth Parliament for Wales, strengthen the role of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, and lower the voting age to 16 so that young people have a bigger voice in their future.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Minister for Children and Young People Helen Mary Jones said:
“Plaid Cymru will give every child in Wales every chance to reach their potential. Our plans to raise educational outcomes, and offer more social as well as academic education and give children better support throughout their education so that they can be the best they can be. And we will give young people a bigger say over their futures.
“Under a Plaid Cymru government, we can create confident and capable young people that are more engaged in their futures. Our plans are about giving young people every chance of success. We want to equalise a child’s life chances so that no matter where in Wales people come from, or what sort of household they come from, children are as likely to succeed as one another.
“No child will be left behind if Plaid Cymru is given the opportunity to deliver the change Wales needs.”