photography modelled by the Children's society © Larry Bray 2010We organise and attend conferences across the country. We also promote events organised by other agencies and individuals that relate to parental substance misuse and its effect upon children and families.

If you would like to promote your event on this page, please contact Caroline Horst, development worker for Stars National Initiative, at:


Upcoming events:


  • Tackling multiple disadvantage: 2nd national summit. 8 & 9 May 2017, Milton Keynes.

People facing multiple disadvantage have been pushed to the extreme margins of UK society. The links between problems like homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, violence, contact with the criminal justice system, domestic abuse and extreme poverty often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time. Two years ago, the first National Summit brought together a vibrant network of people with lived experience, service providers, commissioners and policy makers, each with different skills and expertise and all committed to achieving change for people facing multiple disadvantage. This year researchers have also been invited to join the mix. 


  • Overcoming the challenges in youth services: Implementing a holistic approach to tackling funding cuts and increasing availability of services for young people. 10 May 2017, Strand Palace Hotel, London.

Youth Services play a key role in communities; they provide vital support to young people, and have many broader benefits for society. They can contribute to reducing unemployment, improving the take-up of education, reducing substance abuse and teenage pregnancy, cutting crime and anti-social behaviour, and improving community cohesion. This symposium will  provide a platform for relevant stakeholders to build partnerships and develop strategies to deliver high quality services for the most vulnerable young people in society.


  • New directions in the study of alcohol group (NDSAG) : annual conference. 10-13 May 2017, Somerset.

NDSAG's 41st annual alcohol research, treatment & policy conference runs over four days and includes distinct one-day symposiums covering current research and practice in the field of alcohol interventions. It takes place from Wednesday 10th May to Saturday 13th May 2017 at  The Royal Hotel, Weston-Super-Mare, BS23 1JP, Somerset.


  • Mortality Matters: addressing rising rates of drug-related deaths in the UK. 15 May 2017, Leeds.

Addaction is hosting this one day national conference in Leeds to examine the issues surrounding the recent increases in drug related deaths across the UK. Featuring leading cross-sector expertise, the event will also provide an opportunity to discuss solutions to reduce this trend.


  • Improving young people's mental health: Promoting a co-ordinated approach to eating disorders. 24 May 2017, Strand Palance Hotel, London.

It is estimated that between 600,000 and 725,000 people in the UK are affected by an eating disorder. This symposium provides an opportunity to discuss the current provision for children and young people affected by eating disorders and assess policy priorities for the future. Delegates will also explore how to encourage a coordinated approach to increase awareness of eating disorders, improve identification and promote early intervention to ensure that all young people receive the care and support that they need. 


  • Kettil Bruun Society: Research on alcohol symposium. 5-9 June 2017, Sheffield.

The 43rd Kettil Bruun Society (KBS) Social and Epidemiological Research on Alcohol Symposium will take place on 5-9 June 2017, hosted by the Sheffield Alcohol Research Group at ScHARR. The Kettil Bruun Society aims to investigate social, epidemiological and cross-cultural research on alcohol use and promote the exchange of scientific knowledge and experiences among researchers. The annual symposium´s primary purpose is to provide a forum for researchers to exchange ideas about ongoing research.


  • The 9th annual domestic violence symposium: Safeguarding victims, reducing risks and changing norms. 15 June 2017, Central London.

With the Prime Minister recently reaffirming her commitment to tackling domestic violence by announcing the launch of a consultation that would result in a domestic violence and abuse act, this symposium comes at a timely moment. It will provide all relevant stakeholders with the opportunity to review latest policy developments, contribute towards the continued development of a coordinated approach aimed at preventing domestic abuse, improving the response of the criminal justice system, and challenging the attitudes which reinforce its perpetration.


  • Child protection in the digital world: Safeguarding young people from exploitation, harmful content and abuse online. 5 July 2017, Central London.

The internet has immeasurably changed the processes of socialisation within childhood, revolutionising the way young people access information and interact with others. While holding massive potential for enriching social and educational experiences, the internet has also exposed children to the dangers of online sexual exploitation, grooming, cyber bullying, and harmful content. With the Digital Economy Bill’s passage into law, this symposium will provide an opportunity to formulate collaborative strategies for preventing the exploitation, abuse and bullying of children online, whilst educating children of online risks, and restricting their access to potentially harmful material.


  • Improving outcomes for care leavers: Supporting young people from care to independence. 20 July 2017, Central London

Statistics show 10,830 young people left care aged 16 or over in England last year, an increase of over 40% in the last decade. The difficulties associated with transitioning to independent life are evidenced by statistics on various aspects of care leavers lives. This symposium will offer an opportunity to formulate methods of ensuring that care leavers can benefit from the stability and support they need to make progress in independent life. Delegates will also collectively learn examples of effective partnership working between local commissioners and voluntary and community sector organisations. 


  • National Substance Misuse Conference. 13 September 2017, Birmingham.

The National Substance Misuse Conference 2017 explores issues facing clients, professionals and services. It will provide an insight into current thinking and latest developments in the field from a variety of perspectives: policy, practice and prevention. The conference draws together the UK’s leading clinicians, researchers, educators and many more to consider how we meet the challenge now and in the future


  • Mental Health 2017 - Implementing the five year forward view. 20 September 2017, Royal Society of Medicine, London.

Mental health problems represent the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The cost to the economy is estimated at £105 billion a year – roughly the cost of the entire NHS. The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health has made the case for transforming mental health care in England, a single programme, but one which contains numerous different, related elements across the health system for all ages. This conference will outline the core elements of the implementation plan and will review and assess the actions for each of the key objectives.  


  • RCPG and SMMGP: Managing drug and alcohol problems in primary care conference. 3 November 2017, London.

This joint RCGP and SMMGP conference is the largest event in the UK for GPs, shared care workers, drug users, nurses and other primary care staff, specialists, commissioners and researchers interested in, and involved with the management of drug users in primary care.


  • Society for the Study of Addiction: annual conference. 8-10 November 2017, Newcastle.

The SSA's annual conference will take place in November. New for 2017, the society's PhD Conference will be held the day before in the same venue. Further information and booking details.



  • E-Learning - Parental Substance Misuse

These e-learning modules are targeted at children’s social care workers to help them work more confidently with families where parents are misusing drugs. These resources might also be useful for primary care services staff (GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives), Children’s Centre staff and students. The e-learning consists of three modules, Understanding substance misuse, Understanding the impact on children and Implications for children's social work practice.


  • E-learning - working with substance use

The main aim of these resources is to provide a basic understanding of a number of substance-related topics to inform and develop practice. They include presentations, film clips from experts (both service users and professionals), animations, individual and group exercises, and practice scenarios to help apply your learning. They also offer suggestions for future study and personal development. There is a specific module on the impact of parental substance use on children.