Certain communities are less aware of responsible gambling practices and gambling-related harms which makes them more vulnerable. A GambleAware report finds that BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) communities lack awareness of responsible gambling practices and therefore need more help and support.
The study published by market research company ClearView Research in association with charity GambleAware was aimed to explore the experiences and attitudes that children and young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities have towards gambling.
The study comprised several focus groups amongst individuals aged 9 and 24. It found that while the majority said that they were exposed to gambling advertising or marketing campaign, over 91 percent failed to identify any existing sources of help and support.
Graham Weir, founder and CEO at Safer Gambling Solutions said: “I think this report by GambleAware is very helpful and will no doubt stimulate discussion, inform some debate and hopefully lead to positive action.
“Quite often, the approach taken to gambling-related harm tends to be ‘one size fits all’ and apart from some support information that is provided in non-English language formats, there hasn’t been a great deal done to target different communities.”
Earlier this year in May, Gamble Aware announced that it would be funding additional £3.9m for treatment of problem gambling. The funds were to allocated for the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service.