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 blogs.


New blog: read our new guest blog from Adfam discussing intergenerational risks and the role of the family in alcohol and drug prevention. You can also read our previous posts.

New resource for social workers: The first-ever national document to outline how social workers should respond when working with someone with alcohol and drugs problems has been launched. Leading social work and health organisations have joined forces with Manchester Metropolitan University to launch Alcohol and other Drug Use: The Roles and Capabilities of Social Workers The document, funded by Public Health England, is an attempt to clarify how social workers should respond when working with someone with alcohol or drug problems.

New report: This report by the Western Region Drugs Taskforce outlines research conducted on a needs analysis for families with members affected by substance misuse. The research aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the way families affected by substance use seek support.

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.