Harvey Price, who lives with a range of complex medical and behavioural conditions including autism, is about to set off on a rite of passage that thousands of young people do every year; going to college.

For the first 19 years of his life, Harvey has been looked after by his mum, Katie Price, but things are about to look very different for the whole Price family. Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next follows the teenager as he enters this new phase of adulthood. The film documents Harvey’s transition to a more independent life and how he and his Mum cope with the seismic changes in their lives that Harvey’s move to college brings.

This hour-long documentary follows on from the BBC iPlayer record-breaking first film, Harvey and Me, which explored the love Harvey and Katie have for each other and demonstrated that there is far more to Katie than what is reported in the headlines. As Harvey embarks on his first term at specialist college, National Star, this intimate film gives viewers access to their unique bond and how they both find being apart from one another now that Harvey is away full time.

What Harvey Did Next goes behind the scenes and discovers how staff at the college work with young adults with disabilities to realise their aspirations. Filmed over several months of learning and living in his own flat, this film puts Harvey at the centre as he navigates college life, forming friendships and settling into the place where he hopes to spend the next three years.

Many parents will relate to the complex mixture of pride and emotional turmoil that occurs when a child leaves home, and Katie speaks about how these feelings are exacerbated when your child has additional needs. She reveals her innermost fears of separation, the void her son has left and the ‘Mum guilt’ of potentially enjoying her new-found freedom as Harvey explores a more independent, adult life.

Midway through Harvey’s first term at college, things take an unexpected turn back at home. Katie is arrested following a car accident, after driving whilst intoxicated and disqualified. Her family come together to support her, as Katie shares how she is continuing with therapy to avoid going into ‘self-destruct’ in the future. Katie’s Mum, Amy, asks her a difficult question – what would happen to Harvey if something had happened to you?

What Harvey Did Next is a film which shines a light on a side of disability that’s not often spoken about; independence, love and letting go, coming of age and reframing relationships as we grow.

In conversation with Katie Price she explains How this episode differs from Harvey and Me.

For me, watching both documentaries I think the second one shows more about Harvey without me there. It shows the daily challenges and what he’s like when he meets new people and also what it’s like for a parent to be away from their child and what it’s like for Harvey.

The first film was more of an introduction – he was at home – but this film really shows how challenging it is.

What was your reasoning behind doing a follow up to Harvey and Me? What do you hope audiences will take from watching it?

With the first documentary I think it ended on a ‘I want to know what happens’, so there then needed to be a second one. This one is more in depth with Harvey, more of an insight and more opened up. There are people out there who deal with people like Harvey every day, to show the challenges of it. I just think this film is more in depth, showing that it’s not easy.

What would you say is the thing that you are most proud of Harvey for doing at college?

For me, I’m proud of Harvey in so many ways. People have to remember I got told he wouldn’t walk, talk or do anything really and he does it all. He’s very challenging, as you know – he’s on around 25 tablets a day and that’s just to keep him alive, keep him going and for his behaviour.

So for him to go to college without me – because that’s all he knows – I’m really proud about how he has adjusted to me not being there. Although I am there with him in a way, because we do videos and FaceTime for him to show me things and I see him on visits, I’m still not there and I think he’s coped really well.

I think it’ll be interesting watching his next steps. I want to see what he’s like when he comes out, when he goes to lessons, him excelling, what he’s like on the school bus and when he goes out and does stuff. I think it’ll be interesting to see the next step, because even I’m interested in that. I already know all that you see in the first documentary, but with this one I’m with the viewers and you guys now, I want to see how he progresses because it’s all new to me too.

You met Lucy, the parents of Harvey’s new friend at college, they were saying how after National Star she wants to go and have her own apartment. How does that make you feel about Harvey’s future, does that make you feel excited? Have you spoken about that and what is next for Harvey?

To be honest, when I spoke to Lucy’s parents and they said she wants her own apartment, she’s definitely more advanced in the way she talks and thinks about that.

Harvey wouldn’t think about having his own apartment that wouldn’t just come to him. The realistic thing is that I always feel he’ll come home to me, because I’m still at that stage, I haven’t let go like that yet. I always think he’ll go to college then come back. Lucy and her parents are that step ahead.

I can sit here and say I just don’t know, unless it’s full residential, like he is now, I can’t answer that and I don’t want to answer it because I hate the thought of it!

As Harvey develops into adulthood, what are his main hopes and goals?

Harvey’s main goal for me is definitely learning all the independent skills and understanding a bit more about danger. For example, when you’re making a cup of tea to know that if you’re going to spill it it’s hot – it’s just little things like that. Or being able to put the washing on and then put the covers back on the bed, for me it’s more independent stuff like that.

Being more sociable and going to more social things, which is hard because he is autistic. When he’s with me I’ll take him to the salon when I’m getting a manicure or I’ll take him to the barbers, even though it’s chaos when I do! I’m taking him away from the area he knows.

You’re his Mum and you obviously know him better than anyone in the world, it must be challenging sometimes watching other people and how they handle him maybe thinking ‘I would do that differently etc’?

You know you say that, but when I see other people out I go up to them – because I can tell straight away if their son, child or anyone they’re with has autism – and I say ‘you know what, I think you’re doing a really good job’. I don’t think they would ever expect it, no one ever does that to me either. You are isolated and it is challenging. I do dread taking Harvey out, because I know it’s going to be a nightmare: exhausting, challenging, because you just don’t know what he’s going to do – but I still make him do it.

What is your message to parents in a similar situation to you, who might be fearing that next step? You know it’s the right thing for your child to let them have more independence, but it must be scary for you too?

Other parents out there can see that I’ve been an absolute full-on, hands-on Mother to Harvey. I’ve brought him up on my own, just me, and he’s a credit to me. I know it’s really hard work, I know it’s draining, and I know it affects your life. At the end of the day, you’ve got to remember that with Harvey, it’s not his fault and it does teach you patience and not anybody can do it.

For anyone out there who is doing it, I have great respect for them. It does come to a point where sometimes you have to let go and let other people help. I used to think, ‘no, no I can do it on my own, I’m doing it on my own’, because you just feel on your own that you can just do it better and quicker because you know the routine.

You can do it. If I can do it, you all can do it. It gives me anxiety, because I know him best. I think ‘are they going to wash him properly, are they going to give him the right food are they going to help him lose weight, are they going to do his meds?’. All this goes through your mind. It just goes to show that I have let go and he’s become someone else’s responsibility, that is hard, but now that I’ve done it, it is a massive relief. Like I say, I feel like I’ve got a bit of a life back and I’m starting to get used to it now.

A child leaving home is something that all parents have to go through at some stage, but it must be harder for you. You know what you need to do, but I presume actually doing it is so much harder?

My other kids will be teenagers and they will go off, they’ll drive and then they’ll come back and use the house as a hotel. When you’re younger, a teenager, you’ll come and go, go off with your friends, whereas with Harvey he can’t do that. He’s at residential and that’s where he stays. I have to go to him. It’s not like he can just pop in to see me for a cup of tea or dinner – he’s three hours away and I have to make a journey and you have to plan. With Harvey you have to plan, and it will always be like that. I could make plans when I’m down there to do something with him, but if I turn up and he doesn’t want to do it then those plans go out the window. You sort of get used to that, I’ve had 19 years of it.

Do you think it’s a good thing that you feel so comfortable about the fact he’s at college and that you’re looking forward to him going back? That’s a testament in itself.

That’s what I mean, when I go and see him now, I can enjoy quality time with him and I don’t have to do all the other bits. I love doing it all because I’m a nurturing person and I love being that Mum, but now it’s like, Jesus, did I actually do all of that?! I look back to how I used to do this every day and then every weekend. It’s exhausting. How did I even do it? But I did. That’s why I would say to any other parent out there, when they get to an age like Harvey and they go to college, trust me it’ll be the best thing you ever do.

What do you think is next now, now Harvey is 19?

Harvey loves being on camera, Harvey loves being on YouTube, Harvey loves filming himself. He’s like me – what you see is what you get. If he doesn’t want to be filmed one day, he’ll say ‘no, not today’, but then ten minutes later, he’ll want to be on film so that’s what it’s like. I’d never force him to do anything.

He loves it, I showed him the programme back, and he sat there just listening and watching it for an hour. Now trust me, Harvey wouldn’t sit there and watch something for an hour – he was focused, and he just loved it after! I would love there to be another show all about Harvey and I think it’s important because there are so many parents that are afraid to go out, because they’re embarrassed, they think people will stare at them. I’m like get lost, embrace it – he’s a credit it to me, he’s amazing in every way; challenging and hard work yes, but also rewarding.

I can’t wait to see what the next three years of him – hopefully being at the college – will bring and what they will offer. I sit there now and think ‘oh my god, how else can he surprise me?’ because he surprises me every year. If you remember six years ago, he didn’t really talk and now he talks all the time. Ten years ago he was in a wheelchair, he wouldn’t even walk, didn’t even talk, didn’t draw how he draws, and now look at him! He’s like his own little man. I’m not allowed to call him a boy, he’s like ‘no I’m a man!’.

When people say you can’t, do you want to prove them wrong?

With Harvey, it’s always been me and him; I do like a challenge. I like to set myself goals because the more people put me down, the more they say ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’, I turn it around, you’ve got to turn it around, I’m driven by it. Don’t get me wrong, there are obstacles all the time and dramas, trust me I’ve been there, but you’ve always got to have that little fight in you to try and get through it and then you do in the end. I’m not saying it’s always easy.

Do you think that fight is something you’ve passed on to Harvey? That independent spirit, his personality and how social he is?

I think with Harv, the biggest strength I’ve seen with him is when he’s been in hospital and when he’s been fighting an illness or something, particularly when there are needles going in and out of his arms, I don’t even like needles! Just how strong he is, he says ‘look Mum, I’m brave’, it’s always for me. It makes me think he just depends on me, which is so nice that he wants that from me, my reassurance all the time and I am always there to reassure him. I just think he’s a fighter, he’s strong and he does more than what anyone ever thought he would do. Now he’s going to do more. What else can I make him do in four years? Cook me a nice dinner?!