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When thinking about risk-taking behaviours, many people forget to mention gambling. However, gambling can become an addiction and its negative impacts affect the health and wellbeing of young people. It is crucial that families, parents and carers are supported and equipped to talk confidently about gambling with their children – Fast Forward is stepping up to help.
The Gambling Commission recently published a survey on young people and gambling, based on 11-16 years olds in the UK.
The report revealed that, as of December 2017, among the 11-16 years old taking part in the study:
Research suggests that parents and carers significantly shape young people’s attitudes towards gambling:
Fast Forward recognises that parents and carers need accurate, relevant and appropriate information to address gambling-related issues confidently and effectively with their children. We are committed to provide support across Scotland, to increase knowledge and awareness by upskilling organisations supporting parents and carers.
Fast Forward’s work is supported by GambleAware and having recently secured funding, we are delighted to introduce the Gambling Education Hub. The mission of the Hub is to make it possible for every young person in Scotland to have access to gambling education and prevention opportunities.
Our services for parents’ and carers’ organisations are part of the wider work of the Hub. This programme adopts a training the trainers approach and will develop resources to provide tailored support to practitionersin the following five areas:
Fast Forward is looking forward to building partnerships with organisations supporting parents and carers and providing free CPD sessions, consultancy, tailored support and resources.
If you are interested in finding out more about our programme, please contact Chiara Marin, project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
 Youth gambling problems: a public health perspective, C. Messerlian, Health Promotion International, Vol 20, March 2005
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