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Aberdeen claims progress in digital inclusion for care leavers

07/09/22
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Aberdeen City Council has claimed progress in helping young care leavers ensure they are not digitally excluded.

Its operational delivery committee has noted that, with the support of £25,000 set aside to support the plan, its youth team had been able to direct 41 care leavers to providers offering help in obtaining digital devices for college or university studies.

It also said that full implementation of the plan is ongoing and being embedded into regular business.

The committee’s convener, Cllr Miranda Radley, said: “We welcome the work being undertaken to ensure that care experienced young people are able to access digital support and the devices that will support them in their futures – whether that’s in education or other areas of their lives.” 

Goals and ambitions

Council co-leader, Cllr Ian Yuill, said: “It is great to hear of the progress being made to support care experienced young people access digital support. 

“Ensuring that these young people are able to access digital devices and equipment is vital in supporting them to build towards their goals and ambitions.” 

Aberdeen’s announcement has come soon after the Greater Manchester Combined Authority unveiled a plan for digital support and an app for care leavers, reflecting the growing awareness of the need to ensure they are part of digital inclusion efforts.

 

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