The Baby Borrowers (BBC/Love Productions)
The Baby Borrowers TV series put five teenage couples aged between 16 and 19 in a unique social experiment exploring the reality of running a household, looking after children and maintaining a relationship. Having never lived together before, they were given their own homes in a quiet street in Norwich with flat-packed furniture to build.
In the first week they started real jobs and experienced the joys of pregnancy, wearing empathy bellies, attending antenatal classes and preparing for the arrival of a child.
Five mothers agreed to entrust the teenage couples with the most precious thing in the world - their babies. The couples looked after the babies for three days, dealing with routines, coping with feeding, changing nappies and playing with the babies - the realities of parenting.
As soon as the babies left they were replaced by toddlers for three days, followed by pre-teens and pets. Three days later the couples looked after young teens (12-14 year olds) and finally the elderly (80+) moved in. They experienced the whole spectrum of life in just four weeks.
Executive Produced the multi-media learning resource packs, one targeted at Secondary schools and the other informal youth settings, such as youth centres.
For schools, I edited and adapted the series, producing four 20-minute DVDs. These DVDs come with subtitles in both English and Welsh. Each DVD looks at specific aspects of the series and comes with four exciting session plans, designed to be used with the 11-16 age groups, which facilitate discussion and debate around a wide range of parental and adult responsibilities.
The youth pack is designed for use with young people aged 13–19, providing youth workers with an excellent set of interactive resources to explore teenage pregnancy, relationships and early parenthood in a safe and supportive environment. Complete with additional facts and information, these easy-to-use session plans enable youth workers and voluntary sector youth leaders to facilitate young people’s learning with con dence, without the need for specialist knowledge