Three prominent nonprofits in the field of youth gambling education have collaborated to create a new framework for use in the United Kingdom’s educational system. Anyone in England who works with young people (ages 7 to 24) in a paid or volunteer position, in either an informal or formal context (such as a school), may benefit from the Gambling Education Framework, which offers a set of evidence-based principles to provide successful gambling education.
This new framework was developed by the charities GamCare, YGAM, and Fast Forward with assistance from the Gambling Prevention Education Forum, which is comprised of organizations providing gambling prevention education to young people.
In addition to releasing this framework, GamCare, YGAM, and Fast Forward have also committed to providing educational services that adhere to the guidelines laid forth in the document.
Building on Existing Efforts
According to Anna Hemmings, CEO of GamCare, the organization has heard from experts that problem gambling is frequently overlooked. The model expands upon their previous efforts with young people and stresses the need for solutions supported by solid data that are easy to implement and can be scaled up.
The guidelines will help professionals have frank discussions about gaming’s negative effects and guarantee that gambling prevention programs be given the same weight as those addressing other forms of risky behavior.
“This framework is a practical resource for the gambling harm prevention sector and the education sector. We can maximize our impact through sharing best practice, exchanging knowledge and insights, and collaboration. We encourage all those working in the sector to apply this guidance,” Jane Rigbye, Chief Executive at YGAM
It is crucial to approach harm prevention in a way that’s supported by evidence. The ideas in the framework have been refined per PSHE Association recommendations for efficient preventive education, making this the most thorough work of its type.