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 blog.


New exhibition success: A fantastic 2,000 visitors saw a compelling photography exhibition revealing the hidden lives of young carers across the country. Read more about the launch night of Hidden and stories from the young carers featured.

New videos: Three short videos about living with a parent's addiction have been made by film students across the UK as part of the 2014 national Kodak Nahemi Student Commercials Competition.

New film: Children's programme Newsround has made a special film called Living With Alcohol, explaining how young people are affected by their parents' relationship with drink. It tells the real-life stories of three children who have had very different experiences.

New resource: Adfam has produced a new, free Why Invest? pack for family support services, commissioners, funders and decision-makers, which sets out the key arguments in favour of family support and presents a convincing case for investment at the local level.


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.