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A digital world for all? Findings from a programme of digital inclusion for vulnerable young people across the UK

Presents the findings of a study into the #NotWithoutMe programme, an initiative launched in 2015 to develop evidence and test innovative engagement techniques to improve digital inclusion and digital skills and literacy among vulnerable young people across the UK. Looks at levels of digital skills and the needs of vulnerable young people, in particular those who are in care or those in difficult family circumstances. Sets out the framework underpinning #NotWithoutMe and provides case studies of four #NotWithoutMe projects including: Signal Film and Media - working with care experienced young people and young people ‘on the cusp of care’ in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria; the Pavilion - working with young people excluded from mainstream education in Barnet, Greater London; Young Scot and the Prince’s Trust - working with young people not in education, training or employment in Glasgow; Mencap in Northern Ireland - working with young people with learning disabilities in Belfast and County Fermanagh; and #NotWithoutMe @ the BBC. Discusses the number of children supported in the projects, delivery mechanisms, creative outputs, improvements in skills, funding, measurement and evaluation methods and challenges/barriers. Makes a number of recommendations to overcome challenges and improve the delivery of the programme, including ensuring that digital skills training and content relates to the participants’ real-life context, and ensuring that young people are involved in shaping digital skills projects.


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Wilson, Gina; Grant, Anna
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Carnegie UK Trust

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