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New Reports - Gambling and Families

Adfam is pleased to launch a new report on families and friends negatively affected by gambling. The report is the product of a three year initiative funded by GambleAware to improve support and for families and friends negatively affected by gambling, and to raise awareness of these impacts. 

Research Report: Families and friends negatively affected by gambling - Policy & Practice Recommendations

This report sets out Adfam's findings from a range of research activities on families affected by gambling. It looks at the negative effects of gambling on families as well as the impact of Covid-19 on these families and explores what support services would be beneficial. The research has also provided some very powerful voices articulating the impact of gambling on family and friends.

Policy and practice recommendations:

  • The needs of those affected by a loved one’s gambling must be formally recognised by the government and addressed in any national strategic or policy initiative that focuses on the harms caused by gambling.
  • Gambling problems need to be recognised as a public health issue and addressed by local authority public health teams.
  • Health promotion / awareness raising work is required to prevent gambling problems and to highlight the need for support for affected others.
  • Greater recognition is needed of the stigma, mental health and financial impact of problem gambling on affected others and, in particular, risks such as suicide.
  • Any family member of a gambler should be able to access both face to face and online help wherever they live in the country.
  • The help available should embrace both group and one to one support including remote support.
  • Accredited training in supporting those affected by a loved one’s gambling should be available nationally and rolled out to key professional groups such as primary care and mental health.
  • Peer support should be a key part of the support to those affected by a loved one’s gambling.

Read the full report here.

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