An estimated one million children, young people and their families don’t have adequate access to a device or connectivity at home.

Digital exclusion can lead to poorer health outcomes and a lower life expectancy, increased loneliness, social isolation, and less access to jobs and education. It can mean paying more for essentials, financial exclusion and an increased risk of falling into poverty. There is also a risk that digitally excluded people lack a voice and visibility, as government services and democracy increasingly move online.

 
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For children and young people, life long learning and educational opportunities are increasingly digital by default.

We believe that every school-aged child in the UK has the right to safe access to the educational opportunities of the internet at home regardless of background or ability.

What we’re doing

During 2019, the Digital Access For All (DAFA) Task force will research, build, test and evaluate a number of propositions to provide scalable solutions. We are doing this so we can provide advice and access to the one million+ families in the UK currently excluded, underserved or unsupported digitally.

Based on the evidence of the pilots, we will launch a nationwide initiative in 2020. DAFA will be working with Snook to create a series of pilots that will test different approaches to delivering the initiative effectively across the UK.

Who’s involved?

The DAFA initiative was developed by the Learning Foundation, a consultancy with a social purpose, and Nominet, a non-profit with a purpose. Nominet are operating at the heart of the UK internet infrastructure responsible for the .UK domain space, as lead founding partners, with support from Lord Knight and Baroness Harding. Founding partners include Intel, Lloyds Bank, Microsoft, Argos, BT, Carnegie UK Trust, Computer Recyclers, Good Things Foundation and Greater London Authority. 


 
 

Whats been happening?