A warm welcome to Stars National Initiative.

We are a hub of information, guidance and resources on parental drug and alcohol misuse, and the impact it has upon children and families.

Through our work we promote the voices of children and young people, seek to influence policy and practice, and undertake training and consultancy work.

We work as part of The Children's Society and provide a wide range of information and resources, including: 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us. You can also sign up for our newsletter or read our blogs.



New blog: Our May blog is a guest post from Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service.

New free resources: A set of ten new worksheets aimed at helping you talk through a variety of issues with children and young people are now available to download free from our children and young people's pages. Subjects include family life, understanding drugs and alcohol, where to go for help, coping with different feelings and well-being.

New award: A new national award has recognised 15 schools across the country for their work with young carers. Hundreds more schools are expected to receive awards this summer. Launched on April 30, The Young Carers in Schools programme offers schools step-by-step guidance, practical tools and training opportunities to support pupils and students who have caring responsibilities. The scheme is led by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society's Young Carers in Focus partnership and a film about the award has been made by young carers.


Practice resources

Practice resources

One of our aims is to support practitioners working directly with children, young people and families. We provide relevant information, guidance and protocols, key government documents, alongside bespoke resources such as our Ask me about me DVD, a collection of useful websites and a page compiling a wide range of children's voices.