Young people face very different challenges than older people so social services need to be targeted appropriately. They also face completely different issues today than the generation before and have different experiences – the Internet, social media, new drugs and alcohol, social pressures and growing inequality means things have changed. The approach needed is very different, embracing new technologies and techniques to engage and connect.
However I also think it’s important that we don’t segregate our youth too much. They’re still part of our community and need to be involved, both supporting and supported by the wider community.
Damian Light – United Future