Gambling aware resources launched

The Demos think-tank has been piloting lessons in secondary schools to prevent gambling-related harms among school-age children and resources are now available.

Around 25,000 children in the UK are currently classed as problem gamblers, and around two million adults are classed as at-risk of developing a problem.

The most common form of gambling among pupils surveyed for the project was using money to place bets. This was followed by playing fruit machines and playing cards for money.

For the past two years, Demos, supported by GambleAware, has developed and tested a pilot education programme to teach children about the risks of gambling, and where to go for help and support.

The four lessons are designed to build up the resilience of teenagers to the tactics that gambling companies use to encourage people to gamble.

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