Youth workers say community relations negatively impacted since EU Referendum
A report released today by YouthLink Scotland and Youth Scotland shows youth workers have witnessed a negative impact on community relations since the EU Referendum in June 2016. The Hear.EU report explores the impact of Brexit on the youth work sector in Scotland.
Over 50% of those who responded to the survey reported a variety of impact including: young people feeling excluded from democracy, emboldened intolerance on social media, divided communities, and a loss of public trust in information.
- Youth workers did not feel informed about Brexit, with 18% feeling ‘very uninformed’.
- Half of respondents had observed that community relations had been negatively impacted since the EU referendum.
- The majority of respondents were unsure of the financial impact of Brexit on youth work.
- Respondents were divided between those who had (42%) and those who had not (42%) provided information at any time during the EU referendum and negotiation period.
- Lack of confidence was a reason many youth workers in our research did not discuss Brexit with young people.