Teenage poverty in the UK and being an unemployed teenage dad - Wesley's story

Wes is 19, unemployed and living with his mum with whom he has a difficult relationship. Wes wants to move on, leave home and find a job as he has a one year old son that he wants to support. On Wes’s estate, most teenage boys his age are fathers but are unemployed and have no money.

We meet Rowan, the mother of Wes’s son, who reflects on the challenges of having a child alone and the inability of young fathers to support their offspring because of high unemployment and their immaturity. Wes and his friend discuss the temptation of crime.

We see Wes get a temporary job which boosts his self-esteem and focuses his aspirations, but the job comes to an end.

Note: this clip contains strong language, images of smoking, references to drug use and making easy money through crime.

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