YGAM & City Law School

Thursday 07 September 2017, 1245 – 1635, Central London.

The UK’s gambling and gaming industries have changed significantly over the last decade. Advances in new technology and the changing nature of our high streets have impacted on the access, availability and advertising of gambling and gaming products in the UK. With betting shops now in prominent positions on every high street, casinos open 24/7 in most cities, the availability of mobile (remote) gambling and initial free to use social gaming apps; gambling and social gaming are far more accessible than they have ever been. More young people than ever before are participating in these activities and the statistics show that they may be at risk of developing harmful habits that have the potential to contribute negatively to their mental health and wellbeing.

At YGAM we believe it is important to educate young people about these potential risks as part of a wider Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE), digital resilience or life skills curriculum. This will help young people to make informed decisions around their gambling or gaming activity and signpost where to go for help should they feel they are spending too much time or money.

The symposium will bring together academics, education and public health experts, young people & students, teachers and youth practitioners and colleagues from the gambling and gaming industries. Delegates will hear from a variety of speakers sharing their insights around the role of preventative education in minimising gaming or gambling-related harm among young people. Dr Margaret Carran from City, University of London will also share her independent, pro-bono evaluation of the effectiveness of the YGAM education programme.

Registration opens at 1215 for a light lunch and refreshments and access will only be granted to those who complete our on-line booking form and receive a confirmation e-ticket. To request your place please click on the button opposite.

City, University of London is not affiliated with or endorses YGAM.

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Tait Building
City, University of London
Northampton Square

Symposium Timetable

12:15 - 12:45

Registration, coffee & light lunch

12:45 - 13:00

Chairman’s Welcome & Opening comments

Professor Jason Chuah, Head of Law School

Dan Waugh, Chairman, YGAM

13:00 - 13:45

Is preventive education around the potential risks of gambling or gaming actually needed for young people. View’s from:

  • Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB).
  • UK Gambling Commission.
  • Department for Education
  • Independent Schools Association (ISA).

Dame Rosie Winterton DBE MP PC

Paul Hope, Programme Director Consumer Policy, UK Gambling Commission

Peter Woodroffe, Deputy Chief Executive, Independent Schools Association (ISA)

Richard Ives, Education Consultant and Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) board member

13:45 - 14:15

Independent evaluation of the YGAM's programme - findings from Phase 1 of the study

Dr Margaret Carran. City, University of London

14:15 - 14:35

GambleAware’s commissioning plans regarding the education of young people and research into the effects of advertising on young people

Marc Etches, Chief Executive, GambleAware

14:35 - 15:00

Tea and Coffee Break and opportunity to talk to young people and practitioners.

15:00 - 15:30

Delivering the YGAM programme – what we did

Overview of the YGAM education programme and the value of external quality-assurance.

Adrian Sladdin, Director of Education, YGAM

Young People and members of the Northampton Borough Council Youth Forum will share the work they have completed to deliver their gambling awareness project to date.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council

Aimee Luck, Community Development Officer and Officer for the Youth Forum, Northampton Borough Council

Morcea Walker, Youth Forum Co-Chair

Monica King, Youth Forum Member

Lucas Whitcroft, Youth Forum Member

Jessica Thurland, Youth Forum Member

Tom Driver, Youth Forum Member

15:30 - 15:50

Emerging landscape of gambling in the UK.

Professor Gerda Reith, Professor of Social Sciences (Sociology), University of Glasgow.

15:50 - 16:10

The regulation of gambling advertising; how does it accommodate young people?

Dr Alan Littler, International Gaming Lawyer, Kalff Katz & Franssen LLP

16:10 – 16:20

How YGAM will further strengthen our education programme and priorities for 2017/18.

Lee Willows, Chief Executive, YGAM

16:20 - 16:30

Creating a lasting education legacy

Anne Evan’s son tragically committed suicide as a result of his addiction to gambling. Anne will share her thoughts on creating a lasting education legacy.

Anne Evans – Trustee, YGAM

16:30 - 17:00

Networking reception

By attending this event you grant YGAM and City, University of London, the right to photograph, film and record you, without compensation, and to use the produced materials for the internal and external promotion of its activities without any limitations in perpetuity. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the area or notify a member of staff.

Media Partners and Supporters

Northhampton Borough Council

City University of London

Gambling Commission

Gamble Aware

Kalff Katz & Franssen

Independent Schools Association

Responsible Gambling Strategy Board


University of Glasgow