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Posted On: 30th Jan 2015

Divorcee Kids Fix On ITV

Fixer Emily Morris
Emily's Fixers booklet features in the broadcast film
Nicky Owen, Young People’s Counsellor, Relate

Knowing how hard it can be for young people when their parents divorce, Emily Morris is using her experience to help others.

 

Her story was broadcast on ITV News Central on Thursday 5th February.

 

The 21-year-old from Birmingham wants more support for teenagers faced with a family break-up, after her mum and dad separated in 2012.


‘My parents’ divorce was finalised in 2014,' explains Emily.  


‘It can be traumatic for teenagers because they already have a lot going on.


‘I would have found it really useful just to have some information about what would happen and how to cope with it.

'There was nothing at all.’


With Fixers, Emily has helped produce a booklet so young people can gain a better understanding of the divorce process.


As well as including the personal stories of young people who’ve been affected, it also offers information relating to legal rights and coping mechanisms.


Read Emily’s booklet ‘It’s Not The End: Divorce Support For Young People’ by clicking on the image below.

 


Nicky Owen, Young People’s Counsellor at Relate, appears in the broadcast piece in support of Emily’s campaign.

‘The booklet is excellent,’ Nicky says.


‘It’s from a young person’s point of view and she’s showing what she’s been through. I think that will be a real help to other young people who are going through a similar process.


‘We see lots of young people whose parents have been or are going through a separation and they talk about the huge impact it has on them.’


Emily adds: ‘I'm making sure my booklet is available in libraries, schools and online.


‘Divorce is a huge social problem and I feel like this resource will be successful if the issue is talked about more.


‘That’s when I’ll know it's had an impact.’

This project is supported by the Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF).

 

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