About Anyone's Child

Anyone's Child is a network of families who have been negatively affected by our drug laws.

It is time to recognise that drug policies are fuelling exploitation and slavery

By | September 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|

On 10 September 2020, we organised a webinar to discuss the interactions between drug policies and the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable people. We were delighted to be joined by guest speakers; Neil Woods, author of bestseller 'Good Cop: Bad War' and Chairperson of Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP UK); Coletta Youngers, Senior Fellow at [...]

The 7 year itch for Martha

By | July 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

This blog is written by Anyone's Child campaigner, Anne-Marie. Anne-Marie's only child might still be alive if ecstasy was regulated. Martha Mary Fernback died aged 15 from an accidental ecstasy overdose on the 20th of July 2013 in Oxford. Her mother Anne-Marie Cockburn has been campaigning over the past few years to have [...]

Our Five Year Anniversary: Families Speak Truth to Power

By | July 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Anyone's Child campaign manager and Transform Deputy CEO, Jane Slater. 14 July marked our five year anniversary since launching Anyone’s Child. Over the past five years we have grown to a network of over 40 UK based families, with a supporting network of over 100 activists and affiliate campaigns running [...]

Key Messages from our ‘Take Drugs Seriously’ webinar

By | July 15th, 2020|Uncategorized|

On 25th June 2020, Anyone's Child: Families for Safer Drug Control, Transform Drug Policy Foundation and Support. Don't Punish held a special webinar titled: 'Take Drugs Seriously,' to discuss how legal regulation of the drug market could better protect young and vulnerable people from the harms caused by the illegal market. We received lots of [...]

Kilo Review

By | May 22nd, 2020|Uncategorized|

In this blog post Anyone's Child Activist and Masters Student Hannah Manwell reviews Kilo by Toby Muse.  ‘The drug war doesn’t move backward or forward; it simply turns in circles.’ Caught in a moment that has the potential to be historic, Kilo opens with the prospect of peace between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of [...]

Say Why to Drugs Review

By | May 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|

In this blog post Anyone's Child Activist and South West Ambassador for the Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform John Hirst reviews 'Say Why to Drugs' by Dr Suzi Gage.  Dr Suzi Gage is a psychologist and epidemiologist at the University of Liverpool and has long been recognised as a leading voice in drug [...]

Covid-19 has exposed the truth of our barbaric drug policies.

By | May 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

In this blog post Mr Haynes-De Vita shares his experience of working in the drug and alcohol sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. Over the last 6 weeks my work has taken me to various homeless hostels and independent living accommodations all over Hampshire where drug and alcohol use is high. Due to the lockdown [...]

Dopeworld Review

By | May 5th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This blog was written by Hannah Manwell, Masters student at University of Bristol and Anyone's Child Intern. Written by the former drug-dealer Niko Vorobyov, Dopeworld promises to take its readers around the world, exposing the social and economic impact drugs are globally bearing. Opening with the distressing image of ‘blood and brains [...]

Dame Carol Black review presents a damning picture of the UK drug crisis.

By | March 5th, 2020|politics|

“There is a very tragic human story behind this market analysis. Drug deaths in 2018 were the highest on record… Problem drug use is highly correlated with poverty, and these problems blight our most deprived communities.” Dame Carol Black The Dame Carol Black review was released last week and presents a [...]

Bereaved families call on UK government to take urgent action to end UK drug crisis

By | February 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This week the UK and Scottish governments are holding drug summits (on 26th/27th February) to discuss the growing UK drug crisis. In 2019 the UK once again recorded the highest level of drug deaths since records began with some 4,265 dying across the UK, including 1,187 in Scotland. Campaigners from Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer [...]