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: 

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NEW: Blog

We are introducing a regular blog covering all aspects of parental substance misuse. Our first blog is from Joanna Manning, National Lead Substance Misuse, at The Children's Society. 

Recent key resources

GUIDANCE: Involving families affected by substance use in alcohol and drug education. This new resource looks at how schools use external visitors - in particular people affected by addiction in their own families - to enhance the delivery of drug education sessions and PSHE. It uses existing good practice information, the current evidence base ane case studies to show how such partnerships between schools, families and support services can be undertaken in the most effective way.

RESOURCE: The law is changing for young carers and their families. Through the Children and Families Act and Care Act the Government is proposing that from April 2015, when a child is identified as a young carer, the needs of everyone in the family are to be considered. Updated information on legislation and practice, key briefings and expert chat sessions are available at a new wordpress site and details of training dates are available here

REPORT: "I think you need someone to show you what help there is" - Parental alcohol misuse: responding to children's needs at a local level: The Children's Society has produced this key report for the Office of the Children's Commissioner. Details of the announcement and reports, including a children and young people's version, are now available. More information about the research, it's findings and recommendations can be found on our site. 

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.