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GamCare Partner Pilots Problem Gambling Screening with Cheshire Police

1st August 2016

Beacon Counselling Trust, partner agency to national problem gambling support charity GamCare, is working with Cheshire Police to trial a new screening system for problem gambling in three custody suites across the region.

When a person is arrested and processed via a custody suite they will be routinely screened for drug and alcohol issues, however there is currently no standard screening for those presenting with problematic gambling issues.

Beacon Counselling Trust and GamCare are now working to raise awareness of problem gambling and its impacts within the criminal justice system and to signpost anyone in need of support into free advice and treatment services. Beacon has delivered training to key medical staff on how to identify potential problems with gambling and refer into treatment in the local area.

Dirk Hansen, CEO at GamCare, says: “International evidence would suggest that there is a disproportionate rate of problem gambling within the Criminal Justice System. This project has the potential to begin a transformation of the way that the Criminal Justice System recognises and treats problem gambling, creating a scalable programme to minimise the effects of gambling-related harm at a national level.”

[Pictured: Neil Platt, Director at Beacon, with chief medical staff, Deputy Chief Superintendent Jonathan Betts, Chief Inspector Christopher Warren and Detective Sergeant Brian Faint at the launch of this pilot.]