GamCare launches new framework for gambling harm education

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Charlie Vogelsang
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Three of the biggest UK organisations tackling gambling harm have teamed up together

Alongside the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and Fast Forward, GamCare has launched a new framework for the UK education sector to educate young people about gambling harm.

This new framework, known as The Gambling Education Framework, provides a set of evidence-based principles in order to deliver effective gambling education for anyone working with young people aged 7 to 24 in paid or voluntary capacity.

GamCare celebrates its 25th anniversary this year which has led to even more interaction with searches for new trustees and tackling gambling harm in the criminal justice system.

About the framework

The three organisations developing this framework pledge to deliver education in line with the framework and act as ambassadors of best practices to others wishing to engage in gambling harm prevention education.

These principles developed are evidence-based and produced completely free of industry or influence and can be applied to a wide range of education settings.

“Raise the conversation about gambling harms,” says GamCare

Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive at GamCare, said: “We are delighted to launch this new framework working in partnership with YGAM and Fast Forward. We know from our work with professionals that gambling can often feel like an issue that goes under the radar.”

“The framework builds on our existing work with young people and highlights the need for evidence-based solutions that are straightforward, accessible and scaleable,” stated Hemmings. “The framework will support professionals to raise the conversation about gambling harms and ensure education on this issue gains parity with education about other risky behaviours.”  

“Confident that this will become an invaluable resource,” says Fast Forward

Dr Jane Rigbye, Chief Executive at YGAM, said: “Taking an evidence-based approach to the prevention of harms is essential. This is the most comprehensive piece of work of its kind and the principles have been developed in line with the PSHE Association guidance on effective preventative education.”

She added: “This framework is a practical resource for the gambling harm prevention sector and the education sector. We can maximise our impact through sharing best practice, exchanging knowledge and insights, and collaboration. We encourage all those working in the sector to apply this guidance.”

Allie Cherry-Byrnes, Chief Executive at Fast Forward, said: “Fast Forward is delighted to have worked with GamCare & YGAM to create the Gambling Education Framework, we are confident that this will become an invaluable resource for anyone working in education and prevention work focusing on gambling harms across the UK.”