New research published to reveal digital youth work picture across Scotland

70% of respondents are already delivering digital activities, with 27% providing a focus on cyber resilience.

Cover of Digital Youth Work Research 2024

YouthLink Scotland has carried out an in-depth Digital Youth Work Survey, canvassing projects from across Scotland to understand what’s happening, where it’s happening and how the youth work sector can be supported to build capacity for cyber resilience.

A total of 71 projects, across every local authority area, responded to the survey, representing support for approximately 11,500 young people.

The results showed that 70% of projects are currently using digital technologies to deliver youth work activities, with the most common method being in-person group sessions.

Digital youth work groups are increasingly introducing young people to cyber resilience and online safety, with 27% of projects providing a cyber awareness focus, compared to only 4% of non-digital projects.

The increased focus on digital activities is having a positive impact on young people’s employability, with 68% of projects supporting young people to improve their digital skills and knowledge.

More on digital youth work research

Visit our Digital Youth Work Research page for more information on the survey, along with five case studies to showcase the impact of #DigitalYouthWork.