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Young boy using laptop 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. 

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June 2017: Carers Week 2017 - Carers UK Carers Week takes place from 12-18 June. It will focus on building Carer Friendly Communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while highlighting the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.

June 2017: Rehab - lives addicted - This documentary on BBC iPlayer goes behind the doors of the private world of a residential rehabilitation centre in Somerset. It uncovers what is done to help people beat their addictions and start rebuilding their lives, through a series of intimate encounters at Broadway Lodge.

June 2017: New resource - Adfam has launched Making It Happen, new guidance covering how to ensure the needs of families affected by drugs and alcohol are met. Making It Happen brings together Adfam’s 30+ years of experience in family support in a best practice guide aimed at commissioners and service managers. In consultation with family members, practitioners and commissioners around the country Adfam has highlighted the key components and characteristics of good support for families and carers affected by substance use.

June 2017: New blog - Our June blog highlights the positive impacts of a national programme created to support young carers in schools.

May 2017: When mum or dad is an alcoholic - One in five children in the UK are said to be negatively affected by their parents' drinking, and the effects can last well into adulthood. Four women - Karen, Liz, Hilary and Lynne - spoke to the BBC about growing up with a parent dependent on alcohol.

May 2017 - Alcohol Research UK studies - Findings from a range of alcohol-related projects funded by Alcohol Research UK are available to access. Studies look at drinking cultures, frequent attenders to A&E and the role of alcohol in the life experiences of the homeless population in Merseyside.  

May 2017 - Survey: Families living with addiction and recovery - Adfam has launched the first nationwide survey which will document the lives of family members of people in addiction and recovery from alcohol and other drugs. The survey is being carried out in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and is funded by Alcohol Research UK. It will give an insight into how families are affected by a loved one's substance misuse.

May 2017 - Estimates of the number of children who live with opiate users - PHI have combined reports from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) with estimates of the number of opiate users in England (in 2011/12) to provide estimates of the number of children who may be considered as ‘affected by parental opiate use’ in England. The report also provides specific estimates of the number of children who live with female and male opiate users. Findings indicated 108,125 children live with male opiate users and 53,769 children live with female opiate users.

May 2017: Call for national helpline - The APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence has produced a report calling upon the government to fund a national helpline to support patients that are addicted to prescription drugs. The helpline would include a range of services including information on prescribed drug dependence, slow tapering protocols, coping strategies, support for carers and family members as well as liaison with primary care services.

May 2017: Improving lives: Helping workless families - In this publication DWP sets out its plans to improve the support given to workless families and their children, so that they can overcome the complex problems they face and children can reach their full potential. It includes proposals to support people with drug and alcohol dependencies into work, implementing recommendations from Dame Carol Black’s Review

May 2017: State of Caring Survey 2017 - Each year Carers UK runs the State of Caring Survey to get a full picture of what it means to care for a family member or friend. The survey is now open and the results will give Carers UK the evidence to campaign to improve carers' rights, tackle inequality and raise awareness of carers to the general public.

May 2017: House of Lords debate - Hansard reports a debate in the House of Lords about alcohol and children's health, including a question being asked about the awareness of the number of children who grow up in households where there is a severe alcohol problem.

May 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.


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