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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


2 - Protection of children and young persons

22.2. FECs are commonly located at seaside resorts, in airports and at motorway service stations, and cater for families, including unaccompanied children and young persons. Licensing authorities should take into account this specific risk when considering applications and when inspecting such premises, and will likely reflect the risks in their statement of policy.

22.3. Children and young persons are permitted to enter an FEC and may use category D machines. They are not permitted to use category C machines and it is a requirement that there must be clear segregation between the two types of machine, so that under-18s do not have access to them. Social Responsibility (SR) code 3.2.5(3) in the Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) states that ‘licensees must ensure that their policies and procedures take account of the structure and layout of their gambling premises’ in order to prevent underage gambling. Mandatory conditions apply to FEC premises licences regarding the way in which the area containing the category C machines should be set out, detailed below at paragraph 22.9.

22.4.SR 3.2.5(2) requires operators to ensure that employees prevent access and challenge children or young persons who attempt to use category C machines. It is strongly recommended that licensing authorities ensure that staffing and supervision arrangements are in place to meet this requirement, both at the application stage and during subsequent inspections.

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