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:


  • Child protection in the digital world: Safeguarding young people from exploitation, harmful content and abuse online. 19 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.   


  • Early Intervention for Children and Young Adult: 2017 CAMHS National Summit. 22 September 2017, De Vere West One, London. 

This conference is aimed at all CAMHS professionals in front line services who have a role in supporting young peoples mental health & well being. The day will focus on The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health set out by the government in 2016 with the aim of creating a transformed service by 2020.  Through national updates and case studies from pilot sites this conference will detail the progress already being made to achieve The Five Year Forward View and give practical advice and guidance for professionals on how to achieve improvement within their service.


  • Early Help conference: Challenges, opportunities and innovation. 27 September, Central London.

Children & Young People Now's annual conference is a gathering of professionals across different agencies who are committed to sharing ideas, innovation, challenges and best practice. The 2017 event will bring together the latest high-level thinking, practical insight and understanding of what works in different contexts, circumstances and settings. Practice seminars include Early Family Drug and Alcohol Court: the emerging stories, Family Nurse Partnerships - Next Steps, School-Home Support - Evidence-informed early help from the voluntary sector and Signs of Safety- Empowering families.


  • 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.