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National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

Begin project to support offenders serving prison sentences across 19 sites, conducting a survey exercise to assess if issues with gambling have worsened during the coronavirus prison lockdown, and developing tailored self-help material and resources for prisoners coming up to release. (Forward Trust)


October 2021

The survey had been published in December 2020 ,

November 2020

Most face-to-face delivery of one-to-one support and all group work with prisoners has stopped in light of Covid-19, and prisoners have been spending most of their time in their cells. Not only are they not able to receive much support for addiction problems at this time, but the lockdown situation means that prisoners are experiencing particular difficulties that may be exacerbating underlying gambling problems.The Forward Trust is: Conducting a survey to assess the nature and extent of gambling during prison lockdown Distributing workbooks to raise awareness of gambling problems together with guidance on how to tackle those problems (e.g. in-cell activity packs developed by GamCare) Preparing release packs that signpost prisoners who are being released to sources of support to address their gambling problems.

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