USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS
REPORTING AND SUPPORT
BEGAMBLEAWARE offers free and confidential information, advice and support for anyone who is worried about theirs or someone else’s gambling over the phone or Live Chat www.BeGambleAware.org
CHILDLINE offers a range of ways to talk to a trained counsellor, including via email and an online chat service. Calls are free from a landline or mobile call 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
THE NATIONAL GAMBLING HELPLINE
The National Gambling Helpline provides confidential information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling problems in England, Scotland and Wales. You can speak with our Advisers one-to-one over the phone or via live chat every day of the year, 24 hours a day. They will be able to listen to what’s going on for you, and can talk you through all of the options available to you for support in your local area, online or over the phone. CALL 0808 8020 133 or visit https://www.gamcare.org.uk/get-support/talk-to-us-now/
THE PROFESSIONALS ONLINE SAFETY HELPLINE
The Professionals Online Safety Helpline (POSH) was set up to help all members of the community working with or for children in the UK, with any online safety issues they, or children and young people in their care, may face.
REPORT HARMFUL CONTENT
Report Harmful Content is a national reporting centre that has been designed to assist everyone in reporting harmful content online https://reportharmfulcontent.com/
CEOP - CHILD EXPLOITATION & ONLINE PROTECTION COMMAND
You can report online child abuse to: https://www.ceop.police.uk
Online games and apps can have benefits and are not only great for entertainment and socialising but also help to develop problem-solving and team-working skills. However, there are risks associated with gaming. These include financial risks linked to purchases and gambling, negative social and physical impacts from too much time spent gaming, experiencing abuse from other players and possible exploitation through grooming.
PARENT ZONE and GAMBLEAWARE have partnered up to help professionals and families learn about the gambling-like risks children may face when playing online games - and simple, practical ways to keep gaming fun and make it safer https://parentzone.org.uk/gaming-or-gambling
YGAM FOR PARENTS
In a world of constantly advancing technology and YGAM is keen to provide simple, usable resources to help parents have honest and open conversations with their children around the topics of gaming and gambling https://parents.ygam.org/
Newsround looks at the links between gaming and gambling https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/44736452
It can be difficult to keep up with the latest games and how they work. Here we take a look at key safety concerns and how you can support happier, safer gaming for your child https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/articles/gaming/
CHILDNET Internet safety advice is directly applicable to the gaming environment. It is essential that children are aware of the potential issues and are given the skills and knowledge to help manage and reduce these risks, with the help of those around them. This information explores the online gaming environment and provides a wealth of safety advice https://www.childnet.com/resources/online-gaming-an-introduction-for-parents
Information and advice to help you and your family create a healthy culture around gaming, and to help you support your child if they're struggling. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-gaming/
Expert tips on gaming to support children: https://www.internetmatters.org/resources/online-gaming-advice/
Gambling related harms are generally defined as ‘the adverse financial, personal and social consequences to gamblers, their families and wider social networks, that can be caused by gambling’.
It is estimated that there are up to 400,000 people experiencing harm because of their gambling behaviour in the UK, and another 2 million people could be at risk (Gambling Commission, 2018). Some estimates suggest that for every gambler experiencing harm, between 6 and 10 additional people such as friends, family or co-workers are also affected (Citizen’s Advice, 2018).
An independent charity and the leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms across Great Britain. They offer a wide menu of free, flexible and confidential support to those affected by gambling problems, as well as a range of training, outreach and risk reduction programmes https://www.gamcare.org.uk/
Provide information to help people make informed decisions about their gambling. They will help you to find out more about gambling and what safer gambling means, to understand and recognise the risks of gambling, and show you where to go for further information, help and support should you need it: www.begambleaware.org
If you’re worried about your gambling or someone else’s, there are places you can go for support – for more information visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debt-and-money/get-help-with-gambling-problems/
TALKBANSTOP is a partnership between GamCare, Gamban blocking software and GAMSTOP online self-exclusion. If someone is trying to stop gambling, this partnership supports them by offering free software to block access to gambling sites and apps on up to 15 devices, registering them to prevent access to gambling accounts and stopping marketing from gambling companies, and providing a link to emotional support through GamCare services. Find out more at www.TalkBanStop.com
UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO GAMBLING-RELATED HARM: A BRIEF GUIDE FOR PROFESSIONALS
This free online learning course has been developed with charity GambleAware. This resource will provide useful guidance to those providing brief interventions to address risks and harms related to problematic gambling. https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-services/e-learning/courses/understanding-and-responding-to-gambling-related-harm.html
DUDLEY SAFE AND SOUND
In conjunction with Dudley Grid for Learning and Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership, have developed a suite of Online Safety eLearning Courses. The courses are suitable for both the Adults and Childrens workforces across the borough and are free to book onto.
They consist of an introductory Level 1 course and 10 bite size Level 2 modules exploring: Disinformation Vs Misinformation; Online Abuse; Policing the Internet; Cyber Bullying; Gaming and Gambling; Emotional Health and Wellbeing; Live Streaming and Virtual relationships; Sexual Images; Hate Crime and Extreme Views and The Dark Web. Access these courses by visiting https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/elearning-list
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
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NSPCC - HOSTING AN ONLINE GAMES NIGHT
Hosting an online games night with your child is a great way to get to know their favourite game and talk about ways to support them online. The information in this leaflet gives ideas on how to do this.