Our September 2016 blog reflects on our existing resources and invites comments, feedback and suggestions from you.  


Developing and providing resources to help you support children and young people is one of the key aims of Stars National Initiative.

As well as highlighting a wide variety of practice tools on our website, we also create our own publications and we have recently rebranded all of our resources to fit with the new look of The Children’s Society.

You can access our two booklets You are not on your own and Help me understand as well as worksheets for children and young people as free downloads.

Our popular Ask me about me training and awareness-raising DVD has also been brought into the new style – if you haven’t used this resource previously, it gives an invaluable insight into the child’s perspective of living with a parent who drinks or uses drugs. The DVD contains a number of short films for use with a wide variety of audiences, it also comes with a training guide containing suggested session plans, activities and general tips.  

What do you think?

We hope the resources we have developed are helpful to you and we’d really appreciate your feedback. If you would like to let us know your views then we’d be really interested to find out:

  • Which resource(s) you have used?
  • Did you order hard copies or download them from our site and why did you choose to access them this way?
  • Were the resources suitable for your audience?
  • What did you like?
  • What did you not like?
  • A little bit about your job role and the service you are working in

We would really appreciate your comments if you are willing to share them. Our contact details are at the bottom of this blog.  

What next?

We’d also really like to hear from you if there’s anything else you think would be useful for us to produce. Perhaps there is a resource you really wish existed, or you may have found a really useful tool that you think would benefit other practitioners. Do let us know and we can share it on our website.

Members of the Pan-London Parental Substance Misuse Forum have recently shared a set of 10 Hidden Harm worksheets for younger children to use.

Topics include a day at home timeline, side effects and words to live by and the worksheets are available to download for free now.

The forum is for all parental substance misuse practitioners and aligned professionals within the Greater London authority area. To join the group contact sni@childsoc.org.uk

And earlier in the year Gloucestershire Young Carers shared with us a powerful letter written by one of the young people they support. The letter was written to the young man's father before he entered detox.

The young carer gave his permission for the letter to be shared with the hope it will be helpful to other children, young people and families in similar situations.  

We’d also love to hear from you if you have a project you’re proud of, new research you’re taking part in or work you’d like to share – we run a monthly blog and would be pleased to promote you.  

To share your feedback, comments or suggestions do get in touch at sni@childrenssociety.org.uk Thank you.



Read our previous blogs:

Summer 2016: Alcohol Focus Scotland write a guest post describing their new toolkit C.H.A.T. for children and families affected by alcohol.

June 2016: A guest post from Chantelle Green, a Hidden Harm Worker at Insight Platform, Haringey, who writes about her work with families and children affected by substance misuse.

May 2016: Our May blog looks at the positive impacts of a national programme created to support young carers in schools.

April 2016: Catalyst write a guest post looking at a Family and Friends meeting and the support the organisation offers to those affected by another's substance use.

March 2016:  A guest post from Gloucestershire Young Carers focusing on Strength in Families - a project supporting young carers impacted by their parent's substance misuse and mental health issues.

February 2016: A focus on COA Week which aims to give a voice to the 1 in 5 children affected by their parents' drinking.

January 2016: We look at Str8 Up - a service catering for young people affected by their own substance use and that of others.

All 2015 blogs

December 2014 blog