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Episode from the podcastThe Untold

I Can’t Have My Son Home

Released Monday, 21st December 2020
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John’s mother thinks he is involved with county lines. How can she get him to stop?

From a fun and gorgeous, football-loving youngster John has turned into an uncontrollable teen.

He has had several run-ins with the police, has vast amounts of money in the house and sleeps with a knife under his pillow.

Tanya and Antony are middle-class professionals and had big dreams for their son. Now they just want to keep him safe.

“I went from academic expectation, to no GCSEs - then I got down to be alive, and actually not harm anyone else."

They’ve reached out for years for support as John has special needs; they have had to fight his diagnosis, for his education and now they are struggling to find a way to keep him from a life of drugs and crime.

They’ve tried every parenting trick in the book. “‘It's all about setting boundaries’. Yeah, right! We're kind of beyond boundaries.”

Now they might have to deprive him of his liberty to keep him alive.

Producer: Sarah Bowen
Narrator: Grace Dent
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