Understanding and Responding to Gambling-Related Harms

This free e-learning course has been developed with the Royal Society for Public Health as a resource to assist workers to provide brief intervention to address gambling-related harms. It also contains an optional topic for organisational leaders wishing to set up and implement the processes necessary to support workers to provide intervention. The programme is aimed at professionals who do not specialise in the treatment of gambling problems and may be most suitable to those working in health, social and criminal justice settings. Example roles include health promotion workers, social workers, employment advisers, psychologists, probation officers.

The programme covers:

  • What is a brief intervention?
  • How to provide a brief intervention
  • Important considerations and responding to affected others
  • Requirements at an organisational level (optional topic)
  • Resources to aid brief intervention.

The programme can be completed in two hours.


DEMOS - Education pilot
GambleAware and Demos have partnered together to pilot an intervention in secondary schools across England and Wales with pupils aged 14-15; this project aimed to teach and minimise the risks associated with gambling and signpost where to go for help and support.

These lessons designed by Demos, the PSHE Association, The Mentor Foundation UK (Mentor UK), the National Problem Gambling Clinic and a range of independent teachers/advisers were designed to build up the resilience of teenagers to the risks related to gambling.

The PSHE quality assured resources Demos have developed are for use by teachers, youth workers and those working with young people. They are available to download here:
Gambling education teaching resource booklet

Gambling education teaching resources slide presentation

FAST FORWARD - Gambling Education Toolkit
GambleAware has partnered with Fast Forward, a Scottish youth education charity, to develop a range of resources about youth gambling and problem gambling, designed to help practitioners who work with young people to design and deliver activities linked to the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence.

The toolkit can be accessed via the Fast Forward website here:



GambleAware has partnered with The University of Lincoln to explore cognitive distortions in homeless gamblers - developing both a screen to aid in identification and recognition of gambling problems and a brief cognitive intervention to minimise the gambling-related harm experienced by this population. The full report is available to download here.

The tools developed are for use by homelessness practitioners.

They are available to download here:
Homelessness and gambling - Information sheet and screening tools

Addressing risk and harm related to gambling

Aimed at professionals who are non-specialists in the treatment of problem gambling, but who work with potentially vulnerable groups, this Guide provides an overview of brief intervention for gambling-related harm. It offers 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.

In this Guide, you will find:

- An explanation of brief intervention
- How to offer brief intervention
- Supporting research evidence
- Overcoming potential barriers to brief intervention
- Resources for families and affected others
- Key steps to implementing this at an organisational level

To access the guide, please click here.

Priority Action 3 of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy is “Consolidating a culture of evaluation”.

The indicators of success are that “every significant new intervention to be routinely and independently evaluated in line with the Evaluation Protocol. Evaluations published or shared between operators, so that learning is disseminated. High levels of take up of training and support materials.”

Operators and trade associations are invited to submit evaluation reports for publication below, to share results and lessons across the industry.