A rapid Health impact assessment of Gambling Policy in South Tyneside
PHE ePoster Library. Hardy C. 09/12/19; 274374; 18
Christina Hardy
Christina Hardy
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Abstract Background
Children and young people are at high risk of gambling related harm. This is the case in South Tyneside where there is a higher density of betting shops compared to other local areas with similar socioeconomic deprivation. The aim of the HIA is to inform implementation of the Gambling Policy Statement in South Tyneside by providing a better understanding of children and young people's vulnerabilities to gambling related harms and identifying opportunities to protect the most vulnerable from the negative impacts of problem gambling.
Methods
A pragmatic approach taking into account limited resources and ethical considerations. Two multi-agency focus groups with wide representation of partners from within and outside the council were convened together with questionnaires and telephone interviews. A rapid literature review of locally available data and the evidence was also undertaken.Findings: key themes included a gap in assessing risk of gambling, especially in housing, social care and welfare services; influence of parents on gambling behaviour in children; perception of gambling as being risk free and hence the difficulties in identifying and measuring problem gambling and the conflict between commercial Interests versus using a public health approach in planning system-wide responses to gambling related harm.
Conclusion
The HIA raised awareness across local authority and partners of gambling related harm and the urgency to use a public health approach in prevention, including changing conversations to centre around the needs of individuals and families, especially the most vulnerable. External funding details
Abstract Background
Children and young people are at high risk of gambling related harm. This is the case in South Tyneside where there is a higher density of betting shops compared to other local areas with similar socioeconomic deprivation. The aim of the HIA is to inform implementation of the Gambling Policy Statement in South Tyneside by providing a better understanding of children and young people's vulnerabilities to gambling related harms and identifying opportunities to protect the most vulnerable from the negative impacts of problem gambling.
Methods
A pragmatic approach taking into account limited resources and ethical considerations. Two multi-agency focus groups with wide representation of partners from within and outside the council were convened together with questionnaires and telephone interviews. A rapid literature review of locally available data and the evidence was also undertaken.Findings: key themes included a gap in assessing risk of gambling, especially in housing, social care and welfare services; influence of parents on gambling behaviour in children; perception of gambling as being risk free and hence the difficulties in identifying and measuring problem gambling and the conflict between commercial Interests versus using a public health approach in planning system-wide responses to gambling related harm.
Conclusion
The HIA raised awareness across local authority and partners of gambling related harm and the urgency to use a public health approach in prevention, including changing conversations to centre around the needs of individuals and families, especially the most vulnerable. External funding details
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