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Partnership set up to protect Wales’ kids from gaming and gambling related harms

02 Dec 2021 2 minute read

A new partnership is being set up to protect children and young people in Wales from gaming and gambling related harms.

The Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) and the National Education Union have established the programme to train people who work with children and young to provide education to safeguard them from “dangers”.

YGAM’s training, which is provided free to organisations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, is being rolled out to all NEU members in Wales.

It will provide delegates with tools and resources in Welsh and English to deliver harm prevention programmes within their settings.

YGAM’s training will provide them with an oversight of gaming and gambling, the blurred lines between the two and key issues as well as advice and guidance on where they can find more information and signpost to support.

Sam Robinson, YGAM’s Education Manager for Wales told Nation.Cymru: “It is great to be working with the National Education Union within Wales again, and working with the NEU Cymru Team to offer this training to their members is an important part of our offer for Wales.

“Teachers working across Wales know what is best for their students, so by giving them this training and the tools they need to deliver impactful harm prevention sessions they can have these meaningful conversations and prevent harms amongst their students.”

‘Dangers of gambling and gaming’ 

Beth Roberts, WULF Coordinator at NEU added: “Our partnership working with YGAM over the past two years has presented opportunities for our education sector colleagues to gain invaluable insight into the dangers of gambling and gaming as well as providing them with the skills and high- quality curriculum-mapped resources to deliver awareness training to their own pupils and students.

“Our jointly badged training courses, accredited by City & Guilds, have been well attended and well received, and we are excited to continue
our collaborative work with YGAM in supporting young people in Wales who may be experiencing gambling and gaming related harm.”

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Notta Bott
Notta Bott
2 years ago

This has nothing to do with video games, which study after study have shown cause no harm, this is entirely gambling which gaming also refers to, loot boxes in games can be an issue however.

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
2 years ago

Gambling is an addiction which benefits the industry at the cost of crucifying those addicted.

Just as with cigarettes we in Wales should begin the process of removing gambling from our culture as alien to our communities.

Nerys Lovelace
Nerys Lovelace
2 years ago

As another commentator has pointed out, this is more to do with gambling than gaming. Studies have proven more positive outcomes than negative when it comes to video games. Perhaps more localities and person’s in authority should take that on board and start listening to the 21st century instead of shunning it like luddites. Then again, I suppose it was the same when theatres got supplanted by cinemas and cinemas by television. If our fair small nation was serious about improving people’s economic contribution then perhaps there would be more financial incentives for bedroom programmers as they were in the… Read more »

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