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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Launch of National Education Programme for children and young people, running to December 2023: awareness, workforce development, parents families and wider networks (YGAM, GamCare)

Updates

June 2022

At the end of the second year of the Young People's Gambling Harm Prevention Programme GamCare has directly delivered education workshops to 28,527 young people. Bringing them engaging and interactive content about gambling harms, marketing practices and emerging gambling like activities such as Lootboxes and Crypto-currency. We have also supported 7,541 professionals to undertake our training sessions, upskilling them to spot the signs of gambling related harms and have meaningful conversations with young people.

  • We have recruited our Youth Advisory Board, made up of 12 young people aged 11-17 from a diverse range of backgrounds who ensure young people's views remain at the heart of all the work we do
  • We have gained status as a youth friendly employer and a Duke of Edinburgh Award approved activity provider, enabling us to reach and support more young people
  • We have integrated the work of our Young People's Support team and our Youth Programme team to maximize ways of working and ensure our internal systems leave no young people behind

April 2021

GamCare and YGAM launched the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme in April 2020. The Programme has operated online and face to face delivering training to 6314 youth professionals and workshops to 7331 young people. The Young People Service is now offering treatment for under 18s and was launched in Sept 2020.

November 2020

In 2020 YGAM launched a National Education Programme for children and young people, in partnership with GamCare to provide age-appropriate treatment. Between January and October, YGAM have worked with 2,240 practitioners and schools and have reached more that 170,000 young people and are on track to exceed their annual targets.

YGAM have also secured City & Guilds Assured Standard for second year (opens in new tab), and have increased their reach across England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the recruitment of eight new full-time Education Managers.

As part of the programme, they have collaborated with the Metropolitan Police (opens in new tab) to deliver programme to at risk groups, supported Safeguarding Week (opens in new tab), and collaborated with Street Games to deliver the programme, as well as Unison (opens in new tab).

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