Children and Young People's Mental Health: Right Care-Right Time
- 08:30 - 16:30
- Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
Founded in 1997, GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice, and support for anyone affected by gambling harms. We operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for anyone who is harmed by gambling, create awareness about safer gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to safer gambling within the gambling industry.
GamCare, together with YGAM (The Young Gamblers Education Trust) are working together to deliver the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme - a programme of education, training and support for young people across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The current programme builds on successful youth outreach and education programmes delivered by GamCare and our service provider partners across Great Britain over the last decade, including working directly with young people and the professionals who care for and support them in a variety of settings. The programme is evidence-led, externally evaluated and accredited.
GamCare also runs the Young People’s Service, providing support to young people who are affected by their gambling or the gambling of someone close to them. The service provides omnichannel, tailored support to young people through evidence-led interventions.
The Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme offers:
• Interactive workshops for young people aged 11-19 delivered in formal and informal education settings, focused on giving them the knowledge to make safer choices around gambling; understanding the impacts gambling harms, and recognising the signs of a problem; knowing where and how to access help if they need it.
• CPD Accredited training for youth-facing professionals, focused on recognising risk factors, signs and symptoms of a gambling problem; talking to young people about gambling and signposting to help if needed; gaining skills to deliver interactive workshop around gambling and gambling harms.
• Workshops for parents to learn more about gambling activities young people participate in and encouraging them to have conversations with their children about gambling, as well as where to access support if needed.
• Interactive digital learning tools for young people aged 11-19, designed to be used in both informal and formal learning settings.
• A range of targeted digital content, co-created with young people, focused on increasing awareness of gambling risks and driving wider discussion, linked to a dedicated website for young people, parents and teachers via www.bigdeal.org.uk
• A new, dedicated treatment pathway for under 18s who are at-risk of or experiencing gambling-related harms, with support provided via the National Gambling Helpline plus online and telephone CBT services, as well as through new digital support and treatment services developed by GamCare.