Gambling and Gaming

To nurture the skills of resilience is key to providing young people with the ability to cope with stress, adversity, failure and challenges. Resilience is evident when young people have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.

Resilience enables young people to recognise the risks relating to gambling and allow them to take measures to control their own gambling alongside being able to recognise gambling addiction in others and offer support.

The Issue Nationally – data extracted from the Ipsos MORI survey for 11-16 year olds in England, Scotland and Wales 2019 and reported by the Gambling Commission

11% of 11-16 year olds say they spent their own money on gambling activities in the seven days prior to taking part in the survey. This is down from 14% in 2018.

5% of 11-16 year olds say they have placed a private bet for money (e.g. with friends) in the past seven days, with a further 3% playing cards for money with friends in the past seven days.

4% of 11-16 year olds report playing on fruit or slot machines in the past seven days.

3% of 11- 16 year olds say they have played National Lottery scratch cards and 2% say they have played the Lotto (the main National Lottery) draw in the past seven days.

69% of 11-16 year olds say they have seen or heard gambling adverts or sponsorship with 83% of those saying that it had not prompted them to gamble.

1.7% of 11-16 year olds are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers, 2.7% as ‘at risk, using the DSM-IV-MR-J-screen. In 2018, 1.7% of 11-16 year olds were classified as ‘problem gamblers’ and 2.2% were classified as ‘at risk’. The 2019 results do not represent a significant increase over time.


Secondary schools will be required to ‘teach about the risks related to online gambling including the accumulation of debt’ from September 2020, as part of statutory Health Education. (PSHE)

If there is a concern about the gambling behaviour of a pupil, teachers can use the Gambling Brief Intervention Guide. It includes practical tips on: identifying a problem; how to talk to someone about their gambling; offering immediate brief support; and when to signpost to specialist services. (Chiara Marin 04.01.20 – Gamble Aware – Fast Forward)

  • Identify risks and understand how to make good decisions in risky situations, particularly in regard to gambling
  • Develop strategies to recognise and manage impulsive behaviour
  • Recognise unhealthy behaviours in others and develop strategies to help them
  • Understand the role and influence of advertising and develop socially responsible messages around gambling.