Influencing for change

We work with decision-makers and other strategic partners to improve life for families affected by substance use.

We do this by changing the systems in which families exist - and this can therefore include anything from responding to consultations from local and central government to our work as part of broader alliances.

We created the Alcohol and Families Alliance with Alcohol Concern to bring together organisations from both the alcohol and families/children sectors to consider and formulate new policy. 

Our Chief Executive and Director of Policy and Communications are, or have been, members of the following groups

  • The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
  • Commission on domestic and sexual violence and multiple disadvantage
  • Mentor-ADEPIS steering group
  • Safer gambling campaign advisory panel
  • Manchester Metropolitan University's substance use and end-of-life care steering group.

We also work in partnership with families to give them a platform to share their stories. Adfam staff and the family members we work with have recently appeared on Radio 4's Woman's Hour and The World at One; BBC 2's Victoria Derbyshire show; and talkRadio.

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