Young People and Gambling 2020
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About this statistical release
This publication provides information about young people’s participation in different types of gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling. It includes statistics about those forms of gambling that children and young people can legally take part in along with gambling on age restricted products.
The findings are taken from the annual Young People and Gambling Survey, conducted in 2020 by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Gambling Commission.
The 2020 study was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of schools in Great Britain on the 20 March 2020.
These results are based on a sample of 1,645 pupils aged 11-16 in England and Scotland, completed before schools were shut on the 20 March. Due to the early end to fieldwork, the results do not include Wales and therefore are not representative of Great Britain as in previous years.
Given the smaller sample size, it is not appropriate to scale the figures to the wider population of pupils aged 11-16 in state funded secondary schools.
More information about the study methodology and the impact of Covid-19 on the research can be found in the accompanying technical report.
- 9% of 11-16 year olds in England and Scotland spent their own money on gambling activities in the seven days prior to taking part in the survey.
- Respondents were most likely to have placed a private bet for money (5%) or played cards for money with friends (3%) in the past seven days.
- 37% of 11-16 year olds in England and Scotland have gambled in the last 12 months
- Half (50%) have ever gambled of 11-16 year olds in England and Scotland have ever gambled, of which 51% of these respondents were with their parent or guardian the last time they gambled.
- 1.9% of 11-16 year olds in England and Scotland are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers and X% are classified as ‘at risk’ according to the DSM-IV-MR-J screen.
- 58% of 11-16 year olds have ever seen or heard gambling adverts or sponsorship, of which 7% said this had prompted them to gamble when they weren’t already planning to.