Youth Outreach Programme
GamCare and YGAM (The Young Gamblers Education Trust) are working together to deliver programme of education, training and support for young people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. GamCare will also be able to provide information, advice and support for young people and those supporting them across Scotland.
This £10 million programme is the largest of its kind and will arm young people with the skills and resilience necessary to make decisions about their participation in gambling in the future. The programme will run for four years from April 2020.
This work builds on successful youth outreach and education programmes delivered by YGAM, GamCare and our partners across Great Britain over the last decade, including working directly with young people and the professionals who care for and support them in a variety of settings, e.g. schools, youth centres, pupil referral units and elsewhere. The programme is evidence-led, externally evaluated and accredited.
Both GamCare and YGAM believe passionately that education on the risks associated with gambling is an essential part of tackling gambling-related harms, and that gambling should have parity with education around other risky behaviours such as drinking, smoking or taking drugs. The work we are doing complements that which the PSHE Association are conducting in partnership with GambleAware to support children and young people to understand, and avoid, risks associated with gambling, and also supports the statutory Health Education curriculum being introduced from September 20201.
2.7% of young people aged 11-16 are deemed to be ‘at-risk’ of being harmed by gambling2. Giving young people the facts about gambling and gaming, plus building their critical thinking skills and digital resilience, is key in helping them make informed choices about their participation in gambling in the future, and preventing further harms.
There are four key aspirations for the programme:
- All 11-19-year-olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive at least one session of gambling awareness education during their secondary/further education
- All teachers, youth workers and other professionals working with young people should have access to information about the risks of gambling, how to identify gambling related harm in young people and where help can be sought
- All parents and families have access to information about young people’s gambling, how to keep young people safe, and where they can be referred for help and support
- All young people (aged 18 and under) who are ‘at risk’ of or have developed a problem with gambling or are affected by the gambling of someone close to them (e.g. a parent), have access to age-appropriate treatment
The programme will deliver:
- Interactive workshops for young people aged 11-19 delivered in formal and informal education settings, focused on giving them the knowledge to make safer choices around gambling; understanding the impacts gambling harms, and recognising the signs of a problem; knowing where and how to access help if they need it.
- CPD Accredited training for youth-facing professionals, focused on recognising risk factors, signs and symptoms of a gambling problem; talking to young people about gambling and signposting to help if needed; gaining skills to deliver interactive workshop around gambling and gambling harms.
- Interactive digital learning tools for young people aged 11-19, designed to be used in both informal and formal learning settings.
- A range of targeted digital content, co-created with young people, focused on increasing awareness of gambling risks and driving wider discussion, linked to a dedicated website for young people, parents and teachers via bigdeal.org.uk (from GamCare) as well as a hub for parents at http://parents.ygam.org/ (from YGAM).
- A new, dedicated treatment pathway for under 18s who are at-risk of or experiencing gambling-related harms, with support provided via the National Gambling Helpline plus online and telephone CBT services, as well as through new digital support and treatment services developed by GamCare.
GamCare and YGAM are working closely together to ensure that all individuals engaging with the programme can access the most appropriate information, advice, training and support as swiftly as possible.
Where issues with gambling are identified for young people (either their own gambling or that of a loved one), as a result of programme delivery or otherwise, for the first time GamCare will be able to offer tailored support for under 18s via trained youth practitioners across the whole of the UK.
The programme is funded as part of a package of Safer Gambling Commitments set out by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC). The programme is designed by GamCare and YGAM, outcomes are notified to the BGC and linked to the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, and funding is administered by the Charities Aid Foundation.
If you are a professional working with young people aged 11-19 and would like to arrange free training, or a workshop for young people, please contact [email protected]
Read the full report from GamCare’s previous two-year external programme evaluation here.
Read the full report from YGAM’s latest evaluation here.
- The new PSHE curriculum being introduced from September 2020 states that secondary schools will need to ‘teach about the risks related to online gambling including the accumulation of debt’: www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education
- Updated figures are available for England and Scotland via www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/news-action-and-statistics/Statistics-and-research/Levels-of-participation-and-problem-gambling/Young-persons-survey.aspx