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


** OUR BLOG: We are introducing a regular blog covering all aspects of parental substance misuse. Our January blog looks at an important area of focus for the new year.


Hidden: England's invisible young carers: A compelling photography exhibition revealing the hidden lives of young carers is being held in London next month. Young carer champions from The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) project will be sharing their stories and portraits. Featured in the exhibition, which runs from February 11 to 22, is young carer Jennie whose parents are alcohol dependant.

Film: Young carers miss out on everyday things we take for granted. Team v has joined forces with The Children's Society to launch the #doyoucare campaign to help young carers find the support they need. Find out more about the experiences of young carers in this 'day in the life' film.

Question time: Ask the experts! The law is changing under the Children and Families Act and the Care Act. The opportunity to ask an expert about whole family working and changes in legislation is being offered on the Making a step change Wordpress site. All questions submitted by 23 January 2015 will be answered online by 6 February. Details of further Step Change training dates are available here


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.