RSPH has launched the new e-learning Understanding and responding to gambling-related harm: A brief guide for professionals e-learning, commissioned by charity GambleAware, as a resource to assist workers to provide brief intervention to address risks and harms related to problematic gambling. 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.

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 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 is aimed at professionals who do not specialise in the treatment of gambling problems, but who work with potentially vulnerable groups. It is particularly useful to those working in social and criminal justice settings including, but not limited to; social workers, employment advisers, GPs, psychologists, and probation officers. 

Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive, Royal Society for Public Health, said: “Gambling has been a prominent public health issue for some time and it is clear that more needs to be done to broaden the public’s understanding of gambling-related harms, and support those with gambling problems to get the help they need.

"As highlighted in our recent Health on the High Street report, there are currently 8,532 betting shops across the U.K. and young people face an unprecedented level of exposure to gambling, with over 400,000 11-16 year olds spending their own money gambling each week.

"We are thrilled to be working with GambleAware to launch this new e-learning programme which we are confident will upskill the wider public health workforce and provide them with the understanding and confidence necessary to have conversations regarding gambling-related harms." 

Marc Etches, Chief Executive, GambleAware, said: “With 430,000 adults and 25,000 children aged between 11 and 16 suffering with a gambling addiction, and over 2 million more at risk of developing a problem, gambling is a significant public health issue.

"Problem gambling deserves the full attention of all those working to protect the nation’s health, as it can affect thousands of families and individuals each day.

"GambleAware is pleased to be collaborating with RSPH in the development and launch of this new e-learning package, which we hope will make a significant impact in reducing gambling-related harms across Great Britain.”

The programme can be completed in two hours, and is accessible via our e-learning pages and through the GambleAware website.