Digital Youth Work

The Social Media and Youth Participation in Local Democracy report was written as a result of a six-month action learning set run with local authorities from across England by the Local Government Information Unit.

The report outlines practical learning about using social media in youth engagement contexts, divided into four sections:

What’s it all about? – giving an overview of key concepts: Youth participation; Social network sites;

In August 2009, YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot held a conference to explore how the youth work sector could engage with young people through the use of digital technologies with a particular focus on social networking sites. Through the knowledge gained during workshops and previous knowledge the delegates had, they were asked to provide feedback on a draft of this guidance produced by YouthLink Scotland and Young Scot. Additionally, feedback was sought from Tim Davies, a consultant in young people's participation, social media and social change, who provided his expertise.

The final report of a 2008 study into the use of Social Networking sites amongst statutory sector youth workers in England. Including a detailed literature review of risks and opportunities of social networking; evidence from a national survey and focus groups; and learning from action research projects with different youth work projects. The report sets out a 'youth work response' to social networking, drawing on youth work professional values.