Launching in July 2021: RSPH Level 2 Award in Tackling Gambling-Related Harms 

The RSPH Level 2 Award in Tackling Gambling-Related Harms is an innovative Ofqual-regulated qualification that aims to reduce the rates of problem-gambling across the UK. We've created the qualification so more people can develop the skills and understanding needed to recognise gambling-related harms and signpost their peers to reliable sources of advice, support and treatment.

Watch our webinar to hear more about the qualification

Why we developed the RSPH Level 2 Award in Tackling Gambling-Related Harms 

It is estimated that there are around 373,000 problem gamblers in England, 30,000 in Scotland and around 27,000 in Wales. Furthermore, around 1.7 million individuals in England, 180,000 individuals in Scotland and around 95,000 individuals in Wales are classified as being at-risk of problem gambling. The toll that problem gambling takes on someone's financial, mental and physical health is devastating. Problem gamblers often struggle with maintaining good relationships, are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol and are at a higher-risk of suicide. 

We believe passionately that education around the effects of problem gambling and supporting people who are struggling with gambling issues are key to addressing this prevalent public health issue. We recognised there was an urgent need for a qualification that can teach people how to spot the signs of problem-gambling and know how to respond in an empathetic and effective way. The RSPH Level 2 Award in Tackling Gambling-Related Harms is the first regulated qualification that will teach public health professionals about how to support people who have been affected by problem-gambling. 

Partners who have supported the qualification

RSPH is at the forefront of raising awareness of gambling harms and the need for policy reform. We run the Gambling Health Alliance (GHA), where we bring together 50 organisations and individuals who are passionate about reducing the damage caused to the public's health from gambling. The qualification was developed in collaboration with a number of experts in this field and from the GHA, including Beacon Counselling, Unite the Union and the Addiction Recovery Agency. 

Centres delivering the qualification

If you are interested in delivering the qualification, you first need to register as an RSPH Centre. This process is quick and straightforward and our qualifications team are always on-hand to help you register as an RSPH centre. You can find out how to become an RSPH centre here. 

We are excited that two of our partners have already signed up to deliver the qualification. You can find out more about the centres that have signed up to deliver the qualification below:

Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT)

Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT) is a North West wide counselling charity, which employs fully qualified counsellors who have extensive experience working comprehensively in the area of mild to moderate mental health issues and was awarded charitable status in 2010.

BCT's main office and training facility is based in Liverpool. However, they also provide this service from 17 satellite bases across the Region. Areas that they cover include; Liverpool, Manchester, Wirral, Blackpool, Wigan, Leigh, Preston, Tameside and Cumbria. 

Addiction Recovery Agency (ARA)

Addiction Recovery Agency are a registered charity formed in 1987, and it is estimated that they have helped over 40,000 people with alcohol, drug, gambling, and mental health issues, saving an estimated £50 million in costs to the community.

ARA deliver free counselling across the West including Bristol, Cornwall, Wales, Gloucestershire, Somerset, and Wiltshire.

Register your interest

Fill in the form below and we'll be in touch as soon as the qualification launches with information on how to sign up to deliver the course and find a training provider if you would like to take the course.

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