Joined-up Families

(2003, 14 minutes)

Narrated by Michael Rosen

If a family goes through big changes while the children are growing up, it can take years for everything to settle down again afterwards.

Millions of children in Britain live in some kind of stepfamily. Life is complicated when there are many people's feelings and needs to consider. And being a step-parent is more difficult than most people expect...

This 14-minute animated film looks at some of the problems that may arise as stepfamilies from a wide range of backgrounds deal with communication, discipline and behaviour issues.

Humourous and entertaining, the film presents situations from both a child's and an adult's point of view, and highlights the positive aspects of life in a 'joined-up family'. It shows parents and carers what children and young people need, and how to help them cope with family change.

Suitable for young people, parents and teachers, it will raise awareness and help to begin a discussion in the family, or in groups, schools and colleges.

A booklet containing additional information is supplied with the DVD.

Produced with financial assistance from the Home Office Family Support Grant Programme and Leeds City Council Department of Leisure Services.

Watch a clip of the film here: