Stars National Initiative
Support and guidance on parental drug and alcohol misuse
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:
- Our 'Ask about me' DVD
- Our 'You are not on your own' booklet
- A wide variety of practice resources
- Conferences and training events
- Collections of email newsletters and useful websites
Newly revised booklet: We have reviewed and updated our very popular 'You are not on your own' booklet. The resource helps children and young people talk about a parent's drinking. Printed copies are available to order and you can also download the booklet from us.
New festival fun: This year’s Young Carers Festival took place over the weekend of June 26-28 and was a fantastic event for hundreds of young carers from across the country. Find out more about the festival and its history.
New blog: Our June blog is a guest post from Trevi House, a unique residential rehabilitation unit offering treatment to women with alcohol and/or drug related problems.
New free resources: A set of ten new worksheets aimed at helping you talk through a variety of issues with children and young people are now available to download free from our children and young people's pages. Subjects include family life, understanding drugs and alcohol, where to go for help, coping with different feelings and well-being.
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.