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 report and review: Getting it right for children and families affected by parental problem alcohol and drug use. Joanna Manning, national lead for substance misuse at The Children’s Society, has undertaken a peer review of this new practitioner toolkit. The resource, published by NHS Lothian and its partner agencies, recognises that many different professionals and agencies are now involved in the care of children and families who are affected by parental substance use. The toolkit aims to promote good practice so that all children and families can be offered the right help at the right time. It consists of a philosophy of approach, good practice guidance and practice tools, underpinned by evidence-based information and advice. Joanna’s review states the toolkit is: “significant and of huge relevance to the range of practitioners it seeks to engage, support and develop.” She adds: “There is a definite need for such a resource and I would welcome something similar in England.”

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.

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.