Josh
First Broadcast: 1.05AM Fri 10 August 2012

With intimate access to staff, pupils and families, this film tells the surprising and touching story of one of the High Close School's most challenging children: Josh. Filmed over a year, the programme follows the ups and downs of his education and explores his history to discover what made him the way he is.

Fourteen-year-old Josh is the school's tough man. He was taken away from his heroin-addicted mum and put into care at the age of three. He had a staggering 24 moves between foster placements before the age of six, together with his younger sister Demi.

However, for the past eight years, Josh and Demi have lived with their adoptive mother, former social worker Sue, who is determined to provide them with a loving and stable home.

'You think a lot of love and lot of attention will be enough,' Sue says. But soon Josh's angry outbursts and aggressive behaviour mean that both Sue and the teachers at High Close are struggling to help him.

As the story of Josh's past unfolds, tensions escalate at school, and he brings his mother closer to breaking point. Can Josh avoid repeating the mistakes of his birth family and make the necessary changes to remain at High Close?

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    1. lost_children_wk32_josh_625x352 Josh Fri 10 Aug 2012

      With intimate access to staff, pupils and families, this film tells the surprising and touching story of one of the…

      • Very strong language from the start
      • This episode has subtitles available.
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      1. All Whipped Up This video is a clip All Whipped Up Video duration: 1:55 minutes

        Josh's placement with his forster mother was a happy moment...
    2. Lost Children Courtney Tue 31 Jul 2012

      Twelve-year-old Courtney from Liverpool has been diagnosed with ADHD, and was excluded from her primary school for…

      • Very strong language
      • This episode has subtitles available.
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      1. Lost Children: Past to Future This video is a clip Lost Children: Past to Future Video duration: 1:54 minutes

        Teachers at High Close School consider the sources of Courtney's disruptive behaviour and a past she had no control over
        • WARNING Very Strong Language
      2. Lost Children: Meet Courtney This video is a clip Lost Children: Meet Courtney Video duration: 1:35 minutes

        Courtney is in many ways a normal teenage girl except that she's been excluded from mainstream school and her uncontrollable behaviour is now threatening her place in High Close School
        • WARNING Strong Language
    3. We Need to Talk about Dad We Need to Talk About Dad Mon 21 Nov 2011

      The Johnson family appeared to have it all after two decades of happy marriage: professional success, a beautiful house…

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High Close School is home to some of Britain's most troubled children. Lost Children meets two of the school's most challenging children, Courtney and Josh.