GambleAware announces funding for Gamban software
GambleAware has announced that it is to fund and implement Gamban – software designed to block access to gambling websites and apps – as part of its problem gambling treatment services.
The decision comes after an independent evaluation of software designed to block access to gambling sites was undertaken. GambleAware commissioned research firm Winning Moves to undertake the study.
The review evaluated the technical capabilities as well as any therapeutic benefits of three specialist gambling and three general solutions.
The findings are published with each solution anonymised, but the results were conclusive, with Gamban proving by far the most effective at blocking access to both licensed and unlicensed gambling services.
Based on these findings, GambleAware has decided to make Gamban software available to clients within its national gambling treatment services. Any individual referred for treatment from Gamcare, The National Problem Gambling Clinic, and the Gordon Moody Association, will be able to use Gamban for free.
Speaking about the move, Marc Etches, GambleAware chief executive, said:
Blocking software can be an effective tool to help those at-risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days. This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.– Marc Etches, GambleAware chief executive
GambleAware publishes gambling in families report
GambleAware commissioned another research firm, Ecorys, to examine the influence of parental and familial behaviour on gambling in young people.
Among the main findings were that young people feel more in control and aware of gambling’s risks when responsible strategies are taught from parents at an early stage. Conversely, when parents lacked knowledge and understanding of gambling’s risks, it was more difficult for them to offer advice and protection.
Furthermore, young gamblers described gambling not as a social activity but as a solitary one. That meant that young people felt that they couldn’t share gambling problems with their parents and would try to deal with the issue independently.