Together with the Metropolitan Police Service, the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has educated its Youth Engagement Team on how to recognise and avoid gambling and gaming-related harm among young people.
The training programme is part of the Youth Strategy, Engagement & Schools programme of the Police Service, which focuses on developing ties between the police, schools and young people.
The Head of Education Delivery (South) for YGAM, Rebecca Mark, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Met Police once again. Since delivering several face-to-face training sessions for their Youth Engagement, Safer Schools and Cadets teams last year, we have taken our training online.
“During the training session we will share our fantastic bank of resources and activities. These have been developed to be age appropriate and facilitate purposeful conversations regarding the potential risks of gaming and gambling with the young people the Met work with across London.
“We look forward to a lasting and productive relationship with the police officers who are in the ideal position to deliver our educational and harm prevention sessions alongside teachers and youth workers.”
The YGAM training session, which used evidence-led and evaluated materials to support the youth engagement work taking place across the London Borough, was attended by more than 50 MET officers.
In order to encourage the protection of young people, their families and neighbourhoods, specially qualified officers will be able to talk to pupils about a variety of problems, including gambling and gaming-related damage, by completing the training.
PS Paul Connolly from the Youth Strategy, Engagement & Schools programme of the Metropolitan Police Service stated: “This training is part of an ongoing relationship between YGAM and the MET, building on training which was delivered earlier this year.
“This training is very well received by our police officers, enhancing their youth base roles working within primary, secondary schools and PRUs across London. The training provides us with the tools to help us to better understand the wider issues and consequences surrounding gambling and gaming amongst young people.
“Our officers gain access to high-quality resources, such as innovative activities and lesson plans for our officers to share with teachers, youth workers or even deliver for themselves with the aim of educating and safeguarding young people. Additionally, the workshop is accredited which enables our officers to receive formal recognition upon competition and further demonstrates the value of this training.”
The collaboration follows the release of research undertaken by the UK Gambling Commission, which showed that in the last 12 months, 37 percent of 11-16 year-olds in England and Scotland have gambled.
Additionally, YGAM has recently accelerated the digital transformation of its content to provide any company that works with young or disadvantaged people with 90-minute online workshops.
These seminars provide guidance on the symptoms of harm to watch for and where professional assistance can be found. In conjunction with GamCare, YGAM works to deliver the ‘Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme’ sponsored by the Betting & Gaming Council members.