Bridging the digital divide for care experienced young people in Scotland: If not now, when?

Year: 2020
Topic: Education, Health and Wellbeing
Author: Kenny McGhee and Dr. Autumn Roesch-Marsh

This report has been produced by CELCIS and investigates how Scotland’s care leavers have been affected by digital exclusion during the COVID-19 health crisis and how local authorities have responded to these specific needs.

It identifies employment, finance, mental health, education and rights and participation among the key concerns in addition to the role digital connection now has in daily living.

It concludes that digital access is a key rights and inequality issue which has been amplified during the pandemic but that many of the solutions to improving digital inclusion have already been identified. It calls for a co-ordinated and concerted activity at national and local levels to implement these solutions.