Gambling harm prevention workshop for key stage 3 (KS3) and key stage 4 (KS4) - Stay Safe Partnership

Through this session, young people will: 
  • gain knowledge and awareness in order to make informed choices about gambling
  • understand the impact of harmful gambling, and recognise the signs of gambling-related harm in themselves or others
  • build their critical thinking skills and digital resilience
  • know where and how to access support if they are experiencing gambling-related harm
The programme has:
  • delivered gambling awareness sessions directly to over 75,000 young people across the UK (since April 2020)
  • trained over 35,000 professionals who work with and support young people
GamCare, together with Ygam, deliver the largest education programme of it’s kind in the UK. It is designed to raise awareness of how young people are affected by gambling harms.
Young people report an increase in their knowledge of making safer choices in relation to gambling from below 70% pre-session to over 95% post-session.
Service Description

Gambling Awareness Workshops for Young People

An interactive one hour session for young people to talk about their experiences of gambling and gaming in a non-judgemental space. By the end of the session, students will be equipped with the latest knowledge and empowered to make safer, informed decisions about gambling and gaming.
The session can be run in a classroom or adapted for an assembly, and covers the following:
  • What is gambling?
  • Why do people choose to gamble?
  • When does gambling cause harm?
  • Where can I go for advice and support? 
The sessions mirror what is recommended in PSHE guidance for education around gambling and gaming harms.
Young People’s Support Service – GamCare’s Young People’s Service also offers confidential, individually tailored support to young people (11 to 18) who are worried about their gambling or gaming, or the gambling of someone close to them. Guidance and support are also provided for parents and professionals who are worried about a young person’s gambling or gaming. We ensure that every young person who is referred to us is listened to and fully supported. 
GamCare’s youth provision has recently been awarded an advanced accreditation by the National Youth Agency, which includes:
  • our gambling awareness workshops
  • the support we offer young people
  • our youth advisory board
All our staff have updated enhanced DBS checks, and come from a variety of backgrounds including:
  • teaching
  • youth work
  • social work
  • mental health
Staff are regularly observed to ensure their work is of high quality.

This training is available for KS3 and KS4 and is adaptable for SEND provisions.

We have two full-time education and training leads covering the Midlands, who are able to travel to deliver in-person or online.

Depending on availability we can accommodate times and dates suitable to the participants, however, we may need plenty of notice during busy periods.

  • Local trainers with knowledge of local services and trends
  • Addresses the statutory requirements of PSHE education, which gambling appears under economic well-being and money, managing risk and personal safety, and financial choices
  • Adheres to the RSE and KCSE guidelines around online safety and safeguarding children from inappropriate online material

Free: the programme is fully-funded (currently until April 2024).

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