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: 

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Recent key resources

"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. 

Addiction: I need help: Growing up affected by her mum's alcohol addiction, Daisy has created a film to raise awareness of the devastating effects of a parent's alcohol misuse. She is urging others to seek help to prevent families from being torn apart. Daisy (not her real name) is a young person who is part of the nationwide network of Fixers - young people using their past to fix their future.

No Easy Answers: This is a new film looking at recovery from alcohol addiction and focusing on the role of the people that love and live with those suffering. Among the interviews, an adult daughter talks about her father's drinking and how it felt as a child. No Easy Answers was produced by Cambridgeshire DAAT and supported by Adfam. Copies of the DVD are available to buy, contact


Alcohol Hidden Harm Toolkit: this is an essential resource to support managers, commissioners and practitioners involved in designing, assessing or improving Alcohol Hidden Harm services for children and families. It enables users to identify how best they can improve the design and delivery of their AHH Services.

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.