Gambling Commission sets out new strategy for measuring and reducing gambling harm in minors

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The Gambling Commission of Great Britain has published new framework aiming to understand the bad influence gambling has on children and young people. The initiative is looking to develop an annual survey to monitor the various types of gambling harms experienced by minors.

The report has been inspired by an earlier project focused on gambling harms among adults and Ipsos MORI is working on it together with the Gambling Commission, Advisory Board for Safer Gambling and GambleAware.

Battling gambling harms on all fronts

The aim of the new framework is to cover the whole wide range of potential gambling related harms that can affect the young. For this purpose, it breaks the strategy down into four main areas: health, relationships, development and finances. These have been carefully established through multiple channels, including contributions from gambling professionals, people with extensive experience working with the youth and even young people themselves.

The new framework has been launched only a week after publishing the GC’s new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, which is looking to improve prevention and educational efforts, while intensifying support and treatment.

Phase 1: The initial survey

To begin with, Ipsos MORI developed the initial questions based on opinions recorded during a specialized workshop with gambling professionals and youth workers. The questions have become a part of Ipsos MORI’s Young Person’s Omnibus, a survey of school age children that takes place in the UK every year. It is expected the results will be available later this year.

Phase 2: Evaluation and implementation

Once the survey has produced results, the collected data will be assessed by the Commission and its partners who will establish which questions seem to be most effective in monitoring young persons’ gambling behaviour. The chosen questions will consequently be put to children between 11 and 16 years of age every year to determine the measure of gambling related harms in the given group.

“Gaining a better understanding of the impact of gambling on children and young people is a key priority for the Commission,” Helen Rhodes, the GC’s Programme director for safer gambling, pointed out.

“This newly released framework will provide critical insight into the range of harms that young people in Britain can experience and will help greatly in concentrating the National Strategy’s prevention and education initiatives where they will have the most impact.”

According to Clare Wyllie, Director of research and evaluation at GambleAware, the strategy is designed to help guide and focus research and action to reduce gambling harms in children and young people.

“We encourage other researchers to build further evidence to develop the framework, so together we can move faster and go further to reduce gambling harms,” she explained.

Age and identity have to be verified before gambling

Together with the new initiative, the Commission has also issued a reminder to gaming operators as new age and identity verification rules came into effect on May 7. These set out new minimum requirements for identity verification and require licensees to prevent customers from gambling until they have completed the verification process, providing their name, address and date of birth.

Operators are also reminded that they do not have the right to confiscate customer’s funds even if they failed to provide ID in time for the new rules as it has been determined last year that clients are legally entitled to the money deposited in their account, the winnings made with that money and winnings made from a bonus if the relevant conditions have been met.


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