Stars National Initiative
Support and guidance on parental drug and alcohol misuse
News and events
News and events
Our news and events section helps you keep informed regarding the latest updates and policy developments around parental substance misuse. To save you the time involved in researching the latest news please sign up to our recommended daily news and weekly email bulletins and get information on parental substance misuse and related topics delivered straight to your inbox. You can also read more opinions in our blog section.
Stars National Initiative is responsible for not only organising but attending conferences across England. We also raise the profile of events organised by other agencies and individuals that relate to parental substance misuse and its affect upon children and families. Please see our conferences and training section.
A significant source of information for all parental substance misuse practitioners and aligned professionals within the Greater London area is the Pan London Parental Substance Misuse Forum. Meetings are held bi monthly and are hosted by Stars National Initiative, The Children's Society.
April 2017: Awards 2017 - Nominations are now open for the Children & Young People Awards 2017. Now in their twelfth year, the awards recognise professionals who strive to improve the lives of others.
April 2017: Children in pubs - This House of Commons briefing paper looks at alcohol licensing and children. The Licensing Act 2003 regulates the sale and supply of alcohol in England and Wales. The Act is underpinned by four licensing objectives. One of these is the “protection of children from harm”.
April 2017: Resources refresh - Adfam has relaunched its Journeys booklet series with a fresh design, new experiences and up-to-date information. First produced over 10 years ago, Journeys are magazine-style publications which provide useful information for families affected by a loved one's drug or alcohol use, and show them that they are not alone. The Journeys booklets are available to download for free.
April 2017: Changing Scotland's relationship with alcohol -This report is intended to inform the next phase of the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy. It has been produced collaboratively by Alcohol Focus Scotland, Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs and the British Medical Association Scotland. It has been informed by the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of Scotland’s current alcohol strategy.
April 2017: ACMD vacancies - Vacancies are available for positions on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD.) The role is not renumerated, but travel expenses incurred on committee business in the UK will be reimbursed.
April 2017: Minimum unit pricing - Minimum unit pricing for alcohol is set to be rolled out across the UK if an experiment in Scotland is a success. Alcohol across the border will be priced at 50p per unit, and then, potentially, nationwide. Matthew Reed, chief executive of the Children's Society, agrees: "Millions of children in the UK are living in families where adults drink hazardous levels of alcohol. This is placing children at greater risk of abuse and neglect, conflict, and domestic violence at home."
April 2017: New estimates of alcohol dependence - PHE and the Department of Health commissioned the University of Sheffield to provide prevalence estimates of adult alcohol dependence and of the number of children living with alcohol dependent adults. These estimates have been published alongside the government policy paper ‘Improving Lives: helping workless families.'
April 2017: Women and alcohol factsheet - This factsheet focuses on how alcohol affects women, and why there has been an increase in the level of consumption amongst women. Evidence suggests that many of alcohol’s effects pose a greater risk to women’s physical health at lower consumption levels than men including: dependence, mental health, reproductive problems, pregnancy, and breast cancer.
April 2017: New blog - Our April blog looks at the value and benefits for children and young people in being able to tell their story.
March 2017: Resources for practitioners - A series of briefing papers produced by Mentor-ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention are available online for teachers and practitioners. Subjects include identifying and spoorting children affected by parental substance misuse, building resilience and character in young people and delivering alcohol and drug education: advice for teachers.
March 2017: The secret diary of a drug treatment worker - This is the first in a series of anonymous articles exploring what it is like to work on the frontline of drug treatment in the UK and deal with the issues which face both those who walk through the door for help, and those who are tasked with providing it.
March 2017: New website for NPS - A new website has been launched for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for New Psychoactive Substances and Volatile Substance Abuse. The purpose of the APPG is to help monitor issues and challenges.
March 2017: Child Health Profiles 2017 - Public Health England has published these profiles which draw together information to present a picture of child health and wellbeing in each local area in a user-friendly format. They are a valuable tool for local government and health services in helping them to understand their communities’ needs, so that they can work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people and reduce health inequalities.
March 2017: New website launched - Adfam and Cruse have launched the new Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) website which will serve as a vital source of information for anyone who has been bereaved in this way.
March 2017: Government moves closer to compulsory alcohol and drugs education for schools - Education Secretary Justine Greening has announced that schools will be required to deliver relationships education and the Government will be consulting to broaden the scope of statutory PSHE to include subjects such as drugs and alcohol.
March 2017: New report - Adfam has launched a new report based on research they have undertaken with people aged over 55 who have been affected by a loved one’s substance use. The report shares that learning.
March 2017: Scottish Government urged to curb alcohol marketing - In a new report - Promoting good health from childhood (PDF) - by Alcohol Focus Scotland, leading academics and health experts outline how the Scottish Government can reduce the unacceptably high levels of alcohol marketing that children and young people are exposed to. Read the BBC's coverage of the report
March 2017: Opiod addiction - This article from the New York Times looks at the problem of prescription painkillers and other opiates in the US and the impact it has on children of addicted parents. Further information about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug misuse is available here.
March 2017 - New blog - Our March blog is a guest post from Rebecca Mistry, family work co-ordinator with RAPt. RAPt works in prisons and in the community with individuals affected by substance misuse and their significant concerned others who are also impacted.