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
Young carers film: A legacy film celebrating the work of the Young Carers in Focus programme has been unveiled at a celebration event in London. The film recognises everything the programme has achieved, and of the hard work and commitment of all of the YCiF Champions.
Toolkit: A new resource for services working with children, young people, parents and families who are affected by alcohol has been launched by Alcohol Focus Scotland. C.H.A.T. - Children Harmed by Alcohol Toolkit - builds on the existing Oh Lila!, Rory and A.D.A.M. resources and introduces new storybooks, worksheets and games that aim to build resilience and protective factors in children aged 3-16.
Blog: Our June 2016 blog is a guest post from Chantelle Green, a Hidden Harm Worker at Insight Platform, Haringey, who writes about her work with families and children affected by substance misuse.
Hidden Harm resources: A series of Hidden Harm worksheets for use with younger children have been collected by members of the Pan London Parental Substance Misuse Forum. The resources are available to download for free.
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.