The Brief

Young people are not digital natives. Those who are vulnerable, particularly those at points of transition in their life (unemployed, homeless, in care, in secure accommodation, excluded from mainstream education, seeking asylum) are most at risk of slipping through the net and falling outside the digital mainstream.

The #NotWithoutMe programme has been established to challenge digital exclusion for vulnerable young people and advocate for further digital support for young people across the UK and Ireland. The programme is made up of several supporting strands of work:

  • Glasgow Digital Resilience Group participation: the Carnegie UK Trust is a member of the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnerships ‘Digital Resilience Group’ which is currently focused on digital technology and skills provision for looked after children and young people across the Glasgow area. A report exploring the current digital experiences of a group of young people is available here: Digital Resilience, Inclusion & Wellbeing for Looked after Children & Young People.

  • Digital Research: building on the first #NotWithoutMe report ‘A digital world for all?’, we will continue to seek opportunities to produce useful and robust research on digital exclusion. We are currently working with Good Things Foundation on a new project to explore key digital inclusion challenges and opportunities for those who have English as an additional language. The research is investigating a new blended approach to learning, improving access to basic digital skills, language skills and confidence. The practice report “Supporting digital inclusion of adults with low English language skills” is available here.

  • Networking and Communications: the programme aims to support the community of practitioners working in relevant areas of policy, practice and academia through events and networking opportunities through our #NotWithoutMe Labs. Our current focus is on the development of effective digital safeguarding policies.

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