Youth workers say community relations negatively impacted since EU Referendum

Date: 20th March 2019
Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms


A new report 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 negative impacts including: young people feeling excluded from democracy, emboldened intolerance on social media, divided communities, and a loss of public trust in information.

Key findings:

  • 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.

Read the full report here