Due to the impact Covid-19 is having on operations across the UK we have had to reduce our phoneline opening hours.

Our phonelines are open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10 am and 4 pm.

The contact us service is also available for answers to common questions and we will aim to respond to these enquiries as quickly as possible.

If you have a question about your gambling, or the gambling of someone close to you, our FAQs from gambling consumers during lockdown may provide valuable information. Our what we do page also provides an overview of the types of queries we are able to help consumers with in the first instance.

The National Gambling Helpline is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through GamCare. It is there to support those suffering from gambling problems or those concerned about the affect gambling is having on people close to them. You can call them free on 0808 8020 133, or visit gamcare.org.uk.
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Self-exclusion

If you interact with customers you must provide the option of self-exclusion for those who would like to take steps to stop gambling.

LCCP: Section 3.5 social responsibility code and ordinary code

Help your customer to self-exclude 

Entering into a self-exclusion is a significant step, and you should do what you can to ensure that the individual understands what it means. For example, that it is a commitment not to attempt to gamble for a minimum period of six months. Generally speaking, it is considered that this length of self-exclusion is necessary to enable an individual to deal with their problem gambling behaviour. 

However a customer who has decided to take the step of self-excluding should be able to do so immediately and should not be required to wait. 

The customer should be offered the opportunity to speak to someone appropriate about self-exclusion, in some circumstances this may not be possible immediately. However, arrangements should be made as soon as possible, and if a customer is certain that they wish to self-exclude and does not wish to wait until they have spoken to a suitably trained and experienced member of staff, then they should be able to do so at once.