Welsh Youth Parliament

The Welsh Youth Parliament (WYP) (Welsh: Senedd Ieuenctid Cymru (SIC)) is a youth model legislature established in 2018 by the Senedd (then the National Assembly for Wales).

Welsh Youth Parliament
Senedd Ieuenctid Cymru
Logo of the Welsh Youth Parliament
Logo of the Welsh Youth Parliament
Senedd, Welsh parliament, Cardiff Bay.jpg
The Senedd building in Cardiff Bay
A large map of Cardiff, Wales with the location of the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay marked. In the bottom right corner is a wider map of Wales with Cardiff highlighted in the South.
The location of the Senedd in Cardiff, Wales
Formation5 December 2018
Founded atWelsh Parliament, Cardiff CF99 1NA
TypeVoluntary simulated unicameral legislature
Coordinates51°27′50″N 3°9′43″W / 51.46389°N 3.16194°W / 51.46389; -3.16194 (Senedd)Coordinates: 51°27′50″N 3°9′43″W / 51.46389°N 3.16194°W / 51.46389; -3.16194 (Senedd)
Area served
FieldsYouth empowerment
Legislative simulation
Membership (2018-Present)
Official language
Parent organization
Senedd (as National Assembly for Wales)

It states that its purpose is to empower young people to make decisions and to provide them with a voice in Welsh politics.


The WYP was formed in December 2018 and consists of sixty members of 11-18 year olds.[2]

Forty members were elected in an electronic election using the Senedd constituencies and twenty further members were chosen by partner organisations.[3] The young people are known as Members of the Welsh Youth Parliament (WYPMs).

All sixty members of the Parliament meet nationally, over a total of three occasions, during their two-year term. The organisation meets at the Senedd building in Cardiff Bay.

The first meeting of all members took place in February 2019.[4] In addition the members meet in regional meetings to continue their work programme; which are held in the four electoral regions of Wales - Mid & West Wales, North Wales, South-East Wales and South-West Wales.[5] Three regional events are also held over the two-year term where young people from all over Wales can meet with their elected representatives and have their views heard.

Partner organisationsEdit

At its inception, youth organisations across Wales were invited to apply to be partner organisations for the inaugural Parliament. Those who were chosen returned between one and three members each to represent them, coming from a diverse range of people in Wales.

Partner organisations of the Welsh Youth Parliament include:


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