New guide to help councils to utilise social networking sites to boost youth participation

The Local Government Information Unit will launch a new guide titled Social Media Youth Participation in Local Democracy for practitioners working with young people. The guide has been created by the UnitÂ’s Social Media Action Learning Set which is a partnership with Practical Participation, experts in the field of social media and representatives from thirty local authorities. 

Recent years have seen a communication revolution, an explosion of new media bringing young people into more frequent, more engaging and more pervasive forms of mass interconnection than ever before.

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  1. Councils should harness the potential of social networking sites to promote youth participation in the democratic process and in the delivery of childrenÂ’s services, the LGiU has said. The LGiU is calling on local authorities to work with other public, private and third sector service providers to develop their capacity and commitment to engaging with young people through social networking. Recent years have seen a communication revolution, an explosion of new media bringing young people into more frequent, more engaging and more pervasive forms of mass interconnection than ever before. This pamphlet wants to help all those active in local government to engage with these new forms of social life, so that we can channel the energy of young people into the revitalisation of our democratic systems.

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“This pamphlet wants to help all those active in local government to engage with these new forms of social life, so that we can channel the energy of young people into the revitalisation of our democratic systems”.

Jasmine Ali, Head of Children Services Network at LGiU:

"Social networking has the potential to revolutionise how councils engage with children and young people. Through sites like Facebook we can get thousands involved in the design and delivery of services, and we can reenergise our democracy by empowering young people in our communities."

LGiU chief executive Andy Sawford:

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The LGiU is the largest, most influential think-tank

and representative body operating in the space between Town Hall,

Whitehall, Westminster and communities.

Now in its 26th year, the LGiU continues to make a significant

impact on the public policy scene. In 2008 the LGiU was awarded

the Public Affairs News Award for think-tank of the year.

Our mission is to strengthen local democracy. Four policy centres

— Service Transformation; Local Sustainability; Local Democracy;

and Children’s Services — ensure that the LGiU’s focus is on how

councils and partners can deliver positive results and genuine

impact for empowered communities.

The LGiU works with a network of around 40,000 councillors and

officers from the councils who access our services. And it is these

member councils that guide and shape our work, so that we can

best respond to the real priorities of local government and elected

members.

4th November 2009

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