The Children's Society's Stars National Initiative is 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 provide a wide range of information and resources, including: 

Our 'Ask about me' DVD

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Recent key resources

No Easy Answers

This is a new film looking at recovery from alcohol addiction and focusing on the role of the people that love and live with those suffering. Among the interviews, an adult daughter talks about her father's drinking and how it felt as a child. No Easy Answers was produced by Cambridgeshire DAAT and supported by Adfam. Copies of the DVD are available to buy, contact eva.acs@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Alcohol Hidden Harm Toolkit

This toolkit is an essential resource to support managers, commissioners and practitioners involved in designing, assessing or improving Alcohol Hidden Harm services for children and families. It enables users to identify how best they can improve the design and delivery of their AHH Services.

Supporting Parents, Protecting Children: updated safeguarding protocol published

Public Health England (PHE) has published updated safeguarding guidance on developing joint local protocols, to reflect key policy updates. This protocol offers guidance on how to develop local joint working between drug and alcohol services and children and family services to ensure that children are protected from neglect, inappropriate caring roles and serious harm.

Practice Tools

Practice tools

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.