Pupils as young as 7 to be consulted on Brexit

Tes reports that primary schools in Wales have been put at the centre of a plan to consult children as young as 7 about their views on Brexit.

A consultation is being launched to help ministers understand the views of the younger generation and make sure they are represented in the Welsh government’s discussions and decisions about Wales’ future once the UK leaves the EU.

Announcing the plans, Wales’ minister for children Huw Irranca-Davies said Brexit would bring about some of the biggest changes children and young people would face in their adult lives, so he was looking forward to hearing their views – and ensuring they were acted on.

Children aged between 7 and 11 will be asked for their opinions in school with their teachers and support staff present, while youngsters aged over 11 will be consulted through the Welsh government’s youth voice project, Young Wales.

The consultation, which will be voluntary, will also involve the establishment of a Brexit advisory group of 12 young people from across Wales, and digital and social media resources to help keep children and young people informed during the Brexit process.

The Welsh government said it was committed to the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which says children have a right to say what they think when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account.

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