UK YGAM and GamCare Harm Prevention Education Program Reaches Two Million People
According to UK charities, the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and GamCare that supports people affected by gambling harm; their joint Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, has thus far reached an estimated two million young people.
The programme launched in 2020, aims to provide evidence-led education, training and help to young people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as to collaborate with other organisations in Scotland.
The two charities are said to have so far trained over 24,000 professionals who can now spot the signs of problem gambling and can offer help in that area. Also, an estimated two million young people have used the educational resources and intervention training, while gambling harm awareness workshops have been directly delivered to over 48,000 young people.
Other data collected by YGAM revealed that 99% of delegates now feel confident about spotting the signs of gambling harms after completing the training, while 97% said they felt confident talking to young people about the topic.
Some 97% of those who took part in training said that they were confident talking to young people about the topic, which was the same percentage for delegates, who felt they could now signpost and support young people if they have concerns.
Also, 97% of professionals who received the GamCare training said they now have a better understanding of how gambling harm impacts young people.
According to Alexa Roseblade, senior manager at GamCare, education on the risks associated with gambling, is a key part of tackling gambling related harms, and that every young person in the UK should receive at least one education session on it.