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The council has a statutory duty to ensure gambling facilities operate responsibly, so that children and other vulnerable people are protected from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
How have changes to government acts affected children's access to licensed premises?
The Licensing Act 2003 brought about a change in thinking about children’s access to licensed premises and now it is normal for children to be allowed into pubs, clubs and other licensed premises.
Under the Act a number of ‘Responsible Authorities’ have been created, each one should be notified of any new license applications or any variations to existing licenses.
The Responsible Authorities include Police, Fire Authority, Planning Authority and the East Riding of Yorkshire Children’s Services is the ‘Responsible Authority’ in respect of the protection of children from harm.
As part of licensing reform, in 2007 the Government implemented a new regulatory regime at premises where gambling activities take place, to promote safer practice in relation to children and vulnerable adults. The Gambling Act 2005 is underpinned by three objectives which the ‘Responsible Authorities’ along with licensees and their operators, must meet.
The ERYC Licencing Team act as a Responsible Authority under the Gambling Act 2005 and as such, has a statutory duty to ensure gambling facilities operate responsibly so that children and other vulnerable people are protected from being harmed or exploited by gambling. There are also restrictions placed on the employment of children, or children involved in the provision of commercial entertainment, under the local Bylaws and under the Children and Young Person Act 1963 (section 18).
The Licensing Team can be contacted by telephone on (01482) 396297 or by email: email@example.com
For advice regarding the employment of children and young people contact the council's Education Welfare Service by telephone on (01482) 392146 or
What are the risks to children and young people?
The risks to children will vary depending on the type of gambling activity and premises. Safeguarding systems should be in place to prevent children and young people accessing adult gambling activities both within premises and online.
Children and young people are at risk of being:
What are licensees' and operators' legal responsibilities?
Licensees and their operators have legal responsibilities and are expected to operate in a socially responsible way. The regulations offer a range of opportunities to operators and communities, to develop leisure and entertainment facilities for gambling.
Further information is available from the Licensing and Registrations section of the site, with specific information available from:
Advice on temporary event licenses is available from the Temporary event notices page within the Licencing section.
Is there any further advice and support for people with gambling problems?
Information about the signs of problem gambling can be found on the Gambleaware and Gamcare websites. They also provide general information about gambling, including how to gamble safely and where to get help if you or someone you know has problems with their gambling.
You can call the national gambling helpline free of charge on 0808 8020 133 (open 8am - midnight, 7-days-a-week).
Tel: 0121 230 6666
Tel: 0845 6000 133
Website: Gambleaware (external website)
Tel: 0845 6000 133
Website: Gamcare (external website)
Website: Citizens Advice (external website)
Website: Gam-Anon (external website)
Is there any advice on how to deal with debt problems?
National Debtline Provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.
National helpline number: 08088 084000
StepChange Debt Charity provides debt counselling.
If you are thinking about taking on a debt management plan (DMP), StepChange Debt Charity provides realistic advice and a DMP with no fees attached.
Tel: 0800 138 1111 or Visit StepChange Debt Remedy, their anonymous, online debt advice service:
Is there any advice on how to deal with loan sharks?
A loan shark is a moneylender who charges extremely high rates of interest, typically under illegal conditions. The Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) is a specialist agency that prosecutes loan sharks and supports people affected by this crime.
To report a loan shark to the Stop Loan Sharks project, call the 24/7 confidential hotline on 0300 555 2222, or text 07860 022 116. All calls are confidential and you can remain anonymous if you wish.
Website: Stop Loan Sharks (external website)
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, or report a loan shark online.
What are the risks for children and young people from gaming?
For most children and young people, gaming is a fun way to spend time with friends and create opportunities to develop teamwork, concentration skills and problem-solving.
Many games have adopted an interactive online element - whether it’s playing against other users, chatting or making purchases. The communication within gaming helps coordinate multi-player game tactics, although it can be just to chat as gamers play. However, this communication can present as a risk to young people as gaming platforms can be used by adults seeking to groom and harm children and young people.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline. Their website provides helpful advice and support about gaming.
Website: Thinkuknow (external website)
Website: YGAM (external website)
What are the signs of gaming addiction?
Who do I contact if I am concerned about a child or young person?
If anything in the content of this page gives you concern about a child or young person, you must pass this information on and can gain advice from the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub (EHaSH):
Tel: (01482) 395500
Tel freephone: 0800 1111
Website: YoungMinds (external website)
Text the YoungMinds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7 support across the UK if you are experiencing a mental health crisis.
If you need urgent help text YM to 85258.
All texts are answered by trained volunteers, with support from experienced clinical supervisors.
Texts are free from EE, O2, Vodafone, 3, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile, GiffGaff, Tesco Mobile and Telecom Plus.
Parents helpline: 0808 802 5544
Call us for free Mon-Fri from 9.30am to 4pm – available in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you think the child or young person is in immediate danger phone the Police on 999.