City & Guilds assured gaming and gambling awareness and harm prevention workshops

Our free of charge CPD training is informed by psychologists, academics, health professionals and those with lived experience. These workshops will support you to start conversations with children and young people and signpost for early intervention.

Many children and young people are impacted by gambling harms, either directly or as affected others.

A crucial element of these workshops are to highlight the blurred lines between gaming and gambling; although playing video games has numerous benefits, gambling-like mechanisms are often embedded in these games. The overall aim of these sessions are to enhance knowledge and understanding in this area of digital wellbeing.


Suitable for GPs, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, mental health and safeguarding practitioners, social prescribers, and anyone working with young people in a healthcare setting. 

Topics include:

  • How young people are increasingly exposed to gaming and gambling harm
  • The influence of advertising, social media, in game purchases, loot boxes, skin betting and Esports
  • Gambling products, the risks and associated harms
  • The young brain, decision making, addiction and motivation
  • Guilt, shame and self-stigma as a key barrier to seeking help
  • Example case study scenarios
  • Signs of harm, having a conversation with time limited contact, planning, potential screening questions, follow ups and signposting.


Suitable for social workers, family support teams, early help/intervention practitioners and professionals who work with children and their families.

Topics include:

  • Why children and young people may game and/or gamble
  • The key influences on young people, including sports and advertising
  • The blurred lines between gaming and gambling
  • The gambling and gaming brain
  • Children and young people as affected others
  • How to spot the signs of harm and signposting options
  • How you can support the children and families you work with
  • Examples of conversation starters and 1:1 activities you can use with the young people and families in your setting.

To book a bespoke workshop or to find out more information email: training@ygam.org