It’s not child’s play

In his article for this month’s Pub & Bar magazine legal page entitled “It’s not child’s play” – that can be downloaded below – David Clifton explains why it is crucial that pub and bar businesses (and their staff) should adopt the codes of practice within the new Social Responsibility Charter for Gaming Machines in Pubs, jointly published by the British Beer and Pub Association and UKHospitality.

As previously reported by us, the Charter incorporates codes of practice aimed at promoting collaboration and training to prevent under-age gambling. It contains the following key principles:

  • to collaborate across the pub sector and with other industry stakeholders to address under-age and problem gambling where it occurs within pubs;
  • to ensure pub staff understand and meet their legal responsibilities and have support in tackling under-age gambling if it occurs in pubs – under the Gambling Act 2005 it is illegal to allow those under the age of 18 to play Category C ‘AWP’ machines even if they are accompanied by an adult;
  • to co-operate with regulatory and enforcement bodies, such as Licensing Authorities and the Police, as relevant to the issue of gambling in pubs;
  • to engage and work with the Gambling Commission, e.g. in developing initiatives, strategies and policies, sharing information, assisting in research;
  • to support the work undertaken by GambleAware, particularly to better understand the specific issues that arise from gambling in pubs and how to address them.

The Social Responsibility Charter for Gaming Machines in Pubs can be downloaded below.