Cutting the Ties is a Major Multimedia Project exploring how social media is impacting on young adults who are estranged from their parents in the UK.
“I can carry on with my life and doing what I want to do, because just without that one person it doesn’t stop me from having a future.” – ‘Anna’, a young adult who has no contact with her father.
Imagine sitting down with your friends to discuss what plans you and the family have for Christmas. Maybe you’re talking about how well your children are doing at university. You feel a sense of elation and achievement because you have that family network.
Now imagine being the person you’re speaking with. They could be feeling jealous, guilty, judged, alone. They may be missing that core relationship from a significant family member.
This seven minute radio documentary aims to give a voice to both a young adult and a parent who are currently going through the process of estrangement.
At present, research by charity Stand Alone, estimates that 1 in 5 families in the UK are experiencing some form of an estranged relationship. As well as this, the nature of family life is changing. The Office for National Statistics stated in November 2016 that the number of single families has increased over the past twenty years. This rise is likely to result in family members distancing themselves, or indeed cutting contact.
However, in today’s modern age, with 2.3 billion people using social networks globally, it appears that cutting contact with a family member isn’t so simple.
Listen to the documentary below, or visit the blog for additional content
To find out more about estrangement:
Explore the production process on the blog
Watch a collection of short video’s to understand what estrangement means
Listen to the story of a young adult who has no contact with their parent
Learn about the facts and statistics around estrangement in the UK
Read about how students are getting support if they are estranged from their parents