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 around Hidden Harm, including:
- Our 'Help me understand' booklet
- Our 'Ask me about me' DVD
- Our 'You are not on your own' booklet
- Our free worksheets for children and young people
- A wide variety of practice resources
- Conferences and training events
New research report: Adfam has published Medications in Drug Treatment: Tackling the risks to children – one year on, a new research report on the risks of opioid substitution therapy (OST) medications to children. The report, officially launched on November 24 in the House of Lords, builds on Adfam’s previous work on this topic, looking at progress made in the last year, providing updated statistics and information, and giving recommendations to practitioners and policymakers on how to reduce risk and the incidence of these tragic occurrences.
New resource and blog: We are pleased to offer our new resource booklet ‘Help me understand’ aimed at supporting children and young people affected by a parent or carer’s alcohol or drug treatment. The booklet looks at what the treatment undertaken by a parent or carer means to children and young people and how they might be feeling and experiencing it. Find out more about why we've launched it.
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.