The UK Betting and Gaming Council has announced the unveiling of a £10 million gambling education and support programme in the country.
This independent education programme will be delivered by charities YGAM and GamCare that will ensure that all 11-19 year olds across the United Kingdom have access to gambling awareness education. Members of the BGC will offer independent funding of the programme.
According to the official statement, “the launch of a £10 million independent gambling education initiative will equip a generation of young people to better understand the risks associated with gambling and engage with gambling products and environments in an informed way, it was announced today.”
The BGC’s programme is a part of the Council’s Safer Gambling Commitments that were announced in November 2019. The programme will include direct provision of education to around 120,000 youths as well as train more than 100,000 professionals that will provide education to young persons including teachers, mental health practitioners and youth workers.
This countrywide plan will contain the following measures:
England, Wales and Northern Ireland youth will get at least one session of gambling awareness education during their secondary education.
All teachers, youth workers and other professionals working with young people should have access to information about the risks of gambling https://lcb.org/gamblinghelp.
Parents and families should have access to information about young people’s gambling, how to keep young people safe.
The CEO of BGC, Michael Dugher, said:
“As the new standards body representing most of the regulated industry, the BGC is delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative.
Educating our young people is vital if we are to ensure that they are better informed and fully aware of the potential risks.
“It’s also essential that those who are teaching them are fully trained and able to look out for the tell-tale signs of any gambling-related harm and how to access help if required. This important project and investment is part of our ongoing determination at the BGC to promote safer gambling and to further drive up standards.”
Founder and CEO of YGAM, Lee Willows, added:
“Building upon our five-year track record of training professionals who have influence over young people’s learning, we are delighted to be working with GamCare, the Betting & Gaming Council and their members and our various external evaluation partners to scale our geographical reach to deliver this ambitious programme. Raising awareness and harm-prevention education is an important component to reduce gambling-related harms.”
Anna Hammings, CEO of GamCare, also said:
“We are delighted to be working with YGAM and extending this much needed programme. We believe that gambling education should have parity with education around other risky behaviours and the extension of this programme will help us take a significant step towards achieving that aim.”