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 Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme offers fully funded gambling awareness workshops for young people aged between 11 and 19. The programme also offers fully funded CPD accredited training to professionals working with young people, which is delivered by GamCare. Ygam offer a train the trainer model to schools and organisations that are looking at embedding gambling awareness sessions into their curriculum. For more information you can contact [email protected] or visit: https://bigdeal.org.uk/parents-professionals-hub
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)
GamCare operates a specialist support service for children and young people who are experiencing gambling harm. Any professional concerned with a young person’s gambling or gaming behaviour can get in touch via [email protected] and receive advice or make a referral to the service.