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Progress Report on the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms

ABSG progress report 2020

Prevention and education

The National Strategy seeks a clear collective prevention plan, applying the right mix of interventions and targeting prevention activity where it will have the most impact.

Prevention and Education – Summary of progress


  • Strengthened LCCP requirements – banning the use of credit cards for online gambling, stronger customer interaction requirements and mandating membership of GAMSTOP.
  • Action by banks and financial sector to offer transaction blocking – and partnership work with Money and Mental Health Institute.
  • City-wide public health prevention programmes with involvement of people with lived experience launched in Glasgow and Greater Manchester.
  • Activity piloted to raise awareness of risks of gambling in children and young people – e.g. ParentZone, FastForward, Programme-A, YGAM and PSHE Association.
  • Public Health England are conducting an evidence review – which is a key step to determining the role to be played by statutory bodies in England.


  • Lack of prevention, early stage detection of harms and evaluation of outcomes.
  • Limited action required to address suicide prevention.
  • Lack of whole systems public health approach.
  • More action required to reduce risks to children and young people – e.g. greater focus on gambling-like features within video games.
  • Inconsistent local authority level data on which to base targeted interventions.
  • Much activity is still at pilot stage and, if evaluation proves they are effective, challenges to spread and scalability.
  • Delays to the publication of evidence reviews and subsequent actions
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