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

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us

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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.

Research suggests alcohol is a factor in at least 33% of child protection cases, and drug and alcohol misuse is a factor in up to 70% of care proceedings. Parental substance misuse has been found to feature in 25% of serious case reviews. For this reason, it is essential to develop effective working practices between drug and alcohol services and children and family services.

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.