News updates available on National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms website

We reported in April 2019 on:

  • publication of the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms, a three-year strategy intended by the Gambling Commission to drive and coordinate work to bring a lasting impact on reducing gambling harms and
  • the launch of a new website – – where all information on the priorities identified in the new strategy can be accessed and progress tracked.

You can now access (in the news section of that website) the following news items:

  • 25.04.19: New National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms launched
  • 03.05.19: Gambling Commission publishes important new framework for measuring gambling harms among children and young people
  • 28.06.19: Gambling Commission Chair, and Executive Director interviewed by Scotland on Sunday
  • 04.07.19: Gambling Commission announces key role for GREO to support the National Strategy
  • 19.07.19: New analysis shows problem gamblers are more likely than others to have suicidal thoughts, attempt suicide and to harm themselves
  • 31.07.19: Gambling Commission releases National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms action map

In relation to the most recent item listed above, the website posting states as follows:

The Gambling Commission has today published a map of actions and an implementation overview that are in place to reduce gambling harms in Great Britain.

The map of actions outlines the existing workstreams already underway with partners while the implementation overview will help stakeholders navigate the key points. These documents together reflect some of the key developments since the strategy launch and set out more information about emerging work and identify gaps to help further discussion and target action. These actions will be delivered working collaboratively with partners including health bodies, charities, regulators and the gambling industry.

At this stage, the information relating to Scotland, England and Wales is collated together but we expect that we will work with the named organisations to split the map of actions over time. This will help stakeholders in each of these countries to understand actions and gaps, and coordinate activity for prevention and education, and treatment and support more effectively.

Helen Rhodes, programme director at the Gambling Commission said:

“The map of actions and implementation overview are living documents. We want all stakeholders to review them, consider any gaps or duplications, and contribute further with actions they too will be taking which seek to reduce gambling harms. Our challenge now is to coordinate this activity, and we are working with partners to develop the right ways of bringing stakeholders together to ensure that the actions are targeted where they will have the greatest impact to reduce gambling harms.”

You can access the action map and implementation overview document via the above links.


The following news items can also now be accessed in the news section of the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms website:

  • 19.09.19: Crime and Problem Gambling: we need to know your views
  • 23.09.19: Gambling Commission calls for collaboration on engaging people with lived experience
  • 23.09.19: Gambling Research Exchange supporting research to inform action
  • 07.10.19: National Gambling Helpline to operate 24 hours a day
  • 14.10.19: Update on Gambling Commission research actions to support the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms
  • 17.01.20: New survey questions developed to understand gambling harms experienced by children and young people
  • 30.01.20: National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms newsletter
  • 30.01.20: Spotlight on innovative local public health approaches to reducing gambling harm
  • 30.01.20: Strategy implementation update 30 January 2020

In relation to the “strategy implementation update” published on 30 January 2020, an updated map of actions and implementation overview document are available. The actions map now includes a wider range of projects and actions supporting the implementation of the strategy. In relation to this, Helen Rhodes, programme director at the Gambling Commission is quoted as saying:

The map of actions and implementation overview remain living documents. The best way we can work together to coordinate activity is for stakeholders to continue to contribute updates on their progress and actions, and share learnings from the many projects underway with all partners under the strategy.