8:00pm Monday, November 1 on C4
Every day hundreds of children are forced to leave home. Some run away, even more are thrown away: discarded and evicted by their parents. Directed by award-winning film maker Nick Read, and produced by BAFTA-winning team True Vision ( Dispatches: China’s Stolen Children, Chosen ), Dispatches follows four teenagers over six months who are struggling to fend for themselves on the streets. They’re simultaneously at risk and a risk to society, and for all four of them drugs become a way of life, a means of dealing with the stresses and challenges of life away from family and home comforts. All talk candidly and eloquently about why they take flight: family breakdowns, addiction, violence, neglect and abuse.