Getting drugs under control, protecting our children


Help us launch our International Families Against the Drug War campaign

By | December 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Today we are launching our new crowd-funding campaign on Just Giving to raise money for our new campaign 'International Families against the Drug War' which we will be taking to the UN next year. The campaign will be delivered in partnership with organisations and individuals from across the globe including Anyone's Child: Families for Safer [...]

‘Anyone’s Child’ at the Drug Policy Alliance Reform Conference in Washington

By | November 30th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control were delighted to attend this year’s Drug Policy Alliance Reform conference in Washington DC thanks, in large part, to the Open Society Foundations scholarship programme which enabled Myself, Annemarie Cockburn and Cara Lavan from the project to attend. We were there to help gain exposure to our Anyone's Child campaign and to network [...]

“The War on Drugs: Harming, not protecting, young people”: a new report from the Count the Costs initiative

By | November 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Anyone’s Child welcomes the launch of a new briefing from the Count the Costs initiative, which underpins much of the work the families are doing in the U.K., and highlights the universal need for a rethink on our failing drug laws. The briefing arrives, fittingly, on UN Universal Children's Day.   Seven Ways the War on Drugs [...]

“Drugs can be dangerous. But does banning them cause more harm than good?” – Anyone’s Child event, 3rd December, Bristol

By | November 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control are giving a talk on Thursday 3rd December at 6pm at the Redland Park Church in Bristol. Speakers include: - Anne-Marie Cockburn, mother of 15-year-old Martha, who tragically died due to an ecstasy overdose - Aimi Garidis, who lost her husband to drugs - Nicky Saunter, CEO of [...]

My daughter might still be alive if the government had moved the drugs discussion into the 21st century

By | October 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|

This blog is written by Liz Spinks. My daughter, Lorna Spinks, was born on 23rd October 1981 and died on 7th May 2001 – 48 hours after swallowing one ecstasy tablet whilst out clubbing with friends from University. She was born in Geneva and spent her too brief, but happy life living in France, attending a [...]

The criminalisation of people who use drugs is cruel and unjust. It’s time to speak out against it

By | October 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|

This blog is written by Hope Humphreys, one of the members of the Anyone’s Child project. It is said that prison is only used as a last resort.  So, if someone gets a criminal record and is sentenced to two and a half years for a first ever offence, they must have done something pretty terrible. [...]

From victims to victory

By | September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

This blog is authored by Anne-Marie Cockburn, one of the members of the Anyone's Child project. It's two months after and there's a slight haze as the remnants of the day float around in my head. Did we place a marker in the history books? Well, we'll see, but it certainly felt that way. On 14th July, I [...]

Family Network Petitions Cameron at No 10

By | July 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|

On Tuesday 14th July, a network of families whose lives have been wrecked by our current approach to drugs gathered beneath the banner of  ‘Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control’ and headed to 10 Downing Street. Together we handed in a letter calling on David Cameron to carry out a review of UK drug policy and [...]

Human stories from the UK drug war

By | July 14th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Families from the Anyone's Child project are today going to No. 10 Downing Street to hand in a letter calling for the legal regulation of drugs. They will also be taking this collection of their personal stories, which illustrate the harm being done by the UK's failed drug laws. Download PDF