South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week Gains YGAM’s Support

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust has declared its support for the 2020 South Yorkshire Safeguarding Awareness Week which takes place from 16-20 November on a virtual basis.

YGAM, which has been working with communities across the UK since its inception in 2014, provides teachers and youth workers across South Yorkshire with training on gaming and gambling damage.

Dr Rupert Suckling, Doncaster Council’s Director of Public Health, explained: “Over two thirds of young people participating in our Pupil Lifestyle Survey say they’re taking part in activities related to gambling at least occasionally.

“For many this will be considered just a bit of fun, but we know that problem gaming and gambling causes harm to children, young people, and families. This training from YGAM supports our local Gambling Action Plan, by increasing awareness and understanding amongst frontline staff to protect children and young people from gaming and gambling related harm.”

Amy Bussey, the Yorkshire and Humber YGAM Education Manager, has been providing training in the area and is working with local schools, councils and groups that can benefit from the support and experience of the charity.

She said ahead of SAW20: “As somebody born and bred in Yorkshire, it’s been fantastic to help deliver these assured training sessions to local organisations.

“We have heard first-hand from education practitioners and local authorities about the vital need to safeguard children from gaming and gambling related harms, with parents and teachers alike concerned about the increase in screen time for young people.

“Having delivered training to a wide range of local organisations, and to have many more in the pipeline, shows just how much appetite there is for this training and for our evidence-led resources.”

Adding on plans for South Yorkshire following the culmination of SAW20: “We’re very much looking forward to delivering training to Barnsley Council in December, as well as Doncaster College and we recently completed training with Barnsley College in October,” she says.

“I would encourage any teacher, youth worker or safeguarding lead who works with children in the South Yorkshire area, or further afield, to get in touch and start taking advantage of our free training and resources as soon as possible.”

This continues the group’s ongoing activities in the area, and follows a new partnership training alliance formed earlier this month with the national sports charity StreetGames and the Yorkshire Sport Foundation.

Built to avoid gambling and gambling-related harm to young people, YGAM seeks to raise awareness and inform future generations about the possible dangers and consequences by providing customised training sessions.

This continues the group’s ongoing activities in the area, and follows a new partnership training alliance formed earlier this month with the national sports charity StreetGames and the Yorkshire Sport Foundation.

Built to avoid gambling and gambling-related harm to young people, YGAM seeks to raise awareness and inform future generations about the possible dangers and consequences by providing customised training sessions.