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3 Protection of children and other vulnerable persons

3.6.2 - Bingo

Applies to:

All non-remote bingo licences.

Ordinary code

These do not have the status of operator licence conditions but set out good practice. Operators may adopt alternative approaches to those set out in ordinary code provisions if they have actively taken account of the ordinary code provision and can demonstrate that an alternative approach is reasonable in the operator's particular circumstances; or that to take an alternative approach would be acting in a similarly effective manner. Ordinary codes of practice are admissible in evidence in criminal or civil proceedings and must be taken into account in any case in which the court or tribunal think them relevant, and by the Commission in the exercise of its functions; any departure from ordinary code provisions by an operator may be taken into account by the Commission on a licence review, but cannot lead to imposition of a financial penalty.

  1. Licensees who employ children under (under-16-year-olds) and young persons (those aged 16 or 17) should be aware that it is an offence:

    1. to employ them to provide facilities for playing bingo;
    2. for their contracts of employment to require them, or for them to be permitted, to perform a function in connection with a gaming machine; and
    3. to employ a child to perform any function on premises where, and at time when, facilities are being provided for playing bingo.
  2. As to 1b, it should be noted that in the Commission’s view the relevant provision of the Act applies to any function performed in connection with a gaming machine. This includes servicing or cleaning such a machine.

  3. Accordingly, licensees should have and put into effect policies and procedures designed to ensure that:

    1. children and young persons are never asked to perform tasks within 1a or 1b, above
    2. all staff, including those who are children and young persons themselves, are instructed about the laws relating to access to gambling by children and young persons.
  4. Licensees should consider adopting a policy that:

    1. children are not employed to work on bingo licensed premises at any time when the premises are open for business
    2. neither children nor young persons are in any event asked to work in areas where gaming machines are situated.
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