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Strategic Objective 1: Protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed by gambling

Core regulatory activity

Our policy and research teams provide key insight into emerging risks to help us ensure licensees are equipped to identify and reduce the likelihood of harm. Through the evolution of existing regulations or the introduction of new requirements on licensees, we will continue to ensure consumer protection is the bedrock of gambling in Great Britain.

We have been trialling a new methodology to collect official statistics on gambling participation and the prevalence of problem gambling. The Official Gambling Survey for Great Britain will launch this year and will provide more timely, relevant data to help us understand current trends, guide policy decisions, and demonstrate our impact. This will also include a new dataset measuring harms, including affected others for the first time.

We will monitor and enforce against activity that places children and vulnerable people at risk of harm. Our core compliance work will include thematic assessments, website reviews, security audits and review of personal licences. We will generally use the least intrusive regulatory tool to achieve compliance at the earliest opportunity and will ensure that any regulatory action is proportionate to the nature of the breach.

Strategic deliverables

In addition to our core regulatory work, we will:

Consult on proposed changes to our Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) in connection with the Government’s white paper

We will provide full details of our programme of work following publication of the Government's white paper in connection with the Review of the Gambling Act 2005 (opens in new tab).

Support industry-led initiatives to enhance player protections, including the solution to the single customer view challenge and harm detection good practice

To entail collaboration and sharing of appropriate information between operators to help identify and prevent potential gambling harms to high-risk customers.

Launch the official gambling survey for Great Britain

A new Great Britain (GB) wide survey that will be draw upon a larger, more robust sample sizes and provide greater insight into gambling participation and the prevalence of problem gambling.

Publish evidence gaps and priorities assessment

A three-year plan that will look to enhance our evidence base of behavioural patterns linked to gambling related harm. This will include areas outside our regulatory scope, but which will be of interest to the wider gambling research ecosystem.

Complete scoping phase for industry data-sharing pilots

We are exploring pilots around different ways to access and use operator data.

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