Our Family Stars™

The Outcomes Stars™ for parents 

The Family Star, Family Star Plus, and Family Star (Early Years) are widely used to support parents and their families by local authorities and voluntary sector services across the UK. This page includes brief guidance on which version is best for your service but please contact us and we can advise. 

Where any version of the Family Star is used with a family, My Star can also be used to capture the voice of the child, their needs, their perspective on the changes they are experiencing, and to check that the changes made by parents are enabling their children to thrive. For example, in the pilot there was strong feedback that My Star helped to 'bring the child into the room' in multi-agency discussions. 

Family Star™ Plus

The Family Star Plus is a variant of the Family Star, and is a direct reponse to the UK Government's Troubled Families initiative. It provides evidence within the key Phase 1 areas of employability, anti-social behaviour and school attendance. 

It is suitable for use with families with multiple or complex needs, or with children over 5 years old.

The Family Star Plus has two additional scales to give greater focus on the parent themselves as well as their parenting abilities. It covers ten areas, with a scale on the parent’s progress to work and separate scales for theparent’s emotional well-being and their support of their children’s emotional well-being. The remaining seven scales are identical to those in the Family Star. 

Development: Triangle with Leicestershire County Council. Also thank you to Camden Council Children's Schools and Families (CSF) Directorate, and to Family Action, Hampshire local authority parenting services and the collective of Camden family services and consultant-parents, for making the original Family Star possible.

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Outcome Areas: The Family Star Plus covers ten areas of parenting essential to enabling children to thrive and in line with the UK Government's Troubled Families initiative:

  1. Physical health
  2. Your well-being
  3. Meeting emotional needs
  4. Keeping your children safe
  5. Social networks
  6. Education and learning
  7. Boundaries and behaviour
  8. Family routine
  9. Home and money
  10. Progress to work

Resources: The following tools are available for the Family Star Plus:

  1. Family Star Plus Chart and Action Plan
  2. Family Star Plus User Guide
  3. Family Star Plus Organisation Guide 
  4. Family Star Plus Online
  5. Training for managers and workers

Full materials are available for organisations with a Star Licence and training for all workers and managers using the Star.

Family Star (Early Years)™

The Family Star (Early Years) is a variant of the Family Star, specifically designed for use with young children (0 to 5 years) and in lighter-touch interventions (ie often called Level 2 in a continuum of needs). Ideally suited for Children’s Centres, it has fewer and shorter scales for ease of use, as well as a specific scale for early years – Child Development.

Development: Triangle with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Early Help and Children's Centres Services. Also thank you to Camden Council Children's Schools and Families (CSF) Directorate, and to Family Action, Hampshire local authority parenting services and the collective of Camden family services and consultant-parents, for making the original Family Star possible.

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Outcome Areas: The Family Star (Early Years) covers 7 outcome areas:

  1. Physical health
  2. Emotional wellbeing
  3. Keeping your children safe
  4. Social networks
  5. Boundaries and routines
  6. Child development
  7. Home, money and work

Full materials are available for organisations with a Star Licence and training for all workers and managers using the Star.

Family Star™ (Second Edition)

The Family Star was the first Star for families to be created. Specific guidance is available for services in Scotland, supporting them to use the Family Star in the context of the GIRFEC framework and well-being indicators.

Development: Triangle with Camden Council CSF and Camden service providers including Hopscotch, Coram, Elfrida Rathbone, Families In Focus, Agar Grove Children's Centre and the YOS, plus Family Action and additional piloting and feedback from Hampshire Family Services. 

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See a case study of the Family Star putting the family at the centre at Family Action

Outcome Areas: The Family Star covers eight areas of parenting essential to enabling children to thrive: 

  1. Physical health
  2. Emotional well-being
  3. Keeping your children safe
  4. Social networks
  5. Education and learning
  6. Boundaries and behaviour
  7. Family routine
  8. Home and money

Resources: The following toosl are available for the Family Star:

  1. Family Star Chart and Action Plan
  2. Family Star User Guide
  3. Family Star Organisation Guide 
  4. Family Star Online
  5. Training for managers and workers

Full materials are available for organisations with a Star Licence and training for all mangers and workers using the Star.

Who is using the Star?

The Family Stars are very widley used. The following is a list of some of the UK Local Authorities using the Family Star, Family Star Plus and/or Family Star (Early Years):

  1. Slough
  2. Wakefield
  3. Oxfordshire
  4. Southampton City Council
  5. West Sussex
  6. Buckinghamshire
  7. Fife Council
  8. Leicestershire
  9. Luton
  10. Wokingham
  11. Westminster
  12. Staffordshire
  13. Peterborough
  14. Croydon
  15. Torbay
  16. Devon
  17. Northumberland
  18. Stoke on Trent
  19. Vale of Glamorgan
  20. Lancashire
  21. Cornwall
  22. Milton Keynes
  23. Hounslow
  24. Kirklees
  25. London Borough of Merton
  26. Barnsley
  27. Kent
  28. Bradford
  29. Haringey
  30. Camden