The Children's Society's Stars National Initiative is 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 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


Alcohol Awareness Week 2014

This year's Alcohol Awareness Week ran from November 17 to 23. As part of the week, young carers from The Children's Society's Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) project made a short film exploring how a parent's alcohol misuse can impact on the young people who care for them. We also gathered some resources around parental alcohol misuse which you may find useful.

Recent key resources

The law is changing for young carers and their families. Through the Children and Families Act and Care Act the Government is proposing that from April 2015, when a child is identified as a young carer, the needs of everyone in the family are to be considered. Updated information on legislation and practice, key briefings and expert chat sessions are available at a new wordpress site and details of training dates are available here

"I think you need someone to show you what help there is" - Parental alcohol misuse: responding to children's needs at a local level: The Children's Society has produced this key report for the Office of the Children's Commissioner. Details of the announcement and reports, including a children and young people's version, are now available. More information about the research, it's findings and recommendations can be found on our site. 

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.