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Children: Gambling

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL12059, tabled on 5 December 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to educate parents about (1) the potential risks of gambling-related harm, and (2) how to support and help their children to avoid such harm.

Answered on

18 December 2018

The government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures included the announcement of a multi-million pound safer gambling advertising campaign, aimed at raising public awareness of the risks around gambling and signposting to support. The campaign will be funded by industry and led by GambleAware, an independent charity which commissions research, education and treatment of gambling-related harms.

GambleAware’s delivery plan for 2018-20 sets out steps it will take around education and harm-prevention, including developing and promoting a ‘knowledge hub’ of resources and guidance for teachers and those who work with young people, working with agencies that support young people’s mental health and encouraging parents to have conversations with their children about safer gambling behaviour.

Schools are expected to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils. We know that some schools choose to teach about gambling and addiction in an age-appropriate way, as part of their Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. The non-statutory PSHE programme of study, published by the PSHE Association includes teaching about gambling (including online) and its psychological and financial impact.

The consultation to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools; relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools; and health education in all state-funded schools, closed on 7 November and a thorough engagement process has informed the key decisions on the content of these subjects. The draft content also addresses online behaviour and mental wellbeing. We are currently analysing the responses to the consultation before finalising the regulations and guidance.