Exploring area-based vulnerability to gambling-related harm: Who is vulnerable?


In Great Britain, there is a changing gambling policy and regulatory environment which has increased focus on risk. Local area risk assessments have been introduced into the Gambling Commission’s updated Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice with understanding local risk, and taking appropriate steps to mitigate risk, highlighted as a key concern. Policy is also becoming more focused on understanding and mitigating gambling-related harm more broadly, rather than focusing on problem gambling alone. Finally, in the Gambling Act 2005, children and vulnerable people were singled out for special regulatory attention. However, who is vulnerable, why and under what circumstances, has been subject to little investigation.

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