Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen backed by Jeremy Vine after warning over kids

Broadcaster Jeremy Vine has shown support for Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen after it was revealed the mother-of-nine had received a stark warning from social services.

The Channel 5 hit Our Yorkshire Farm follows Amanda and her family as they go about their daily life tending to Ravenseat farm.

The 47-year-old has recently received a yellow flag from social services over concerns about her parenting.

Speaking on his Channel 5 show, Jeremy, 57, hit back at Amanda's critics and said there was nothing unsafe about her parenting style.

He said: "They're all driving tractors and stuff and I guarantee someone, somewhere has taken exception."

Psychotherapist Lucy Beresford then said: "So she is saying her parenting is unconventional, she has a lot of children.

"But she’s also that kind of parent who wants their children to make mistakes and fall over and experience resilience and develop strengthening of character.

"But it turns out that for some slightly unknown reason it’s been flagged up to social services?"

Jeremy said: "Well I think they’ve probably seen the children playing on a cliff or something.

"If you’re the wrong kind of person watching that programme and you see a child of seven helping the sheep give birth to a lamb you might think that shouldn’t be happening and call social services.

"I don’t know what the flag means maybe they’ve just watched the programme. But there’s nothing unsafe here."

Amanda told Hay Festival of Literature & Arts: "I don’t see myself as a perfect parent.

"I got a yellow flag from social services…I believe there is a happy medium whereby you do let the kids climb trees."

She added: "Yes, they haven’t got harnesses on or hard hats.

"But I believe there are some lessons to be learned that don’t necessarily result in instant death but actually learn your own parameters."

Amanda and her husband Clive Owen share Raven, 21, Reuben, 18, Miles, 15, Edith, 13, Violet, 11, Sidney, 10, Annas, eight, Clemmie, six and Nancy, five.

Amanda did not specify when she was contacted by social services but her popular TV show came under fire four years ago over health and safety concerns.

Workers’ union Unite criticised an episode which saw children driving quad bikes without helmets and climbing on hay bales.

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