The City Law School’s Dr Margaret Carran to assist in evaluation of YGAM

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Young Gamblers Education Trust (known as YGAM) are delighted to announce that we will be working with City, University of London to produce an independent evaluation on the effectiveness of the YGAM programme.

Young Gamblers Education Trust (known as YGAM) are delighted to announce that we will be working with City, University of London to produce an independent evaluation on the effectiveness of the YGAM programme. The evaluation will enable a report to be produced which will focus on the following objectives:

  • rigour and methodology in the design,
  • flexibility of the delivery,
  • the perceived effectiveness of the programme on raising awareness of gambling-related issues;
  • the perceived effectiveness of the programme of increasing resilience to the potential ‘normalisation’ effects of gambling.

Dr Margaret Carran, a Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Associate Dean (Education) at the City University, London is researching how the law and regulation can actively protect minors from gambling related-harm. Dr. Carran has agreed to undertake this research voluntarily and independently of YGAM, commencing in November 2016 to June 2017. The results will be published in the late summer or early autumn of 2017 at a specific conference that YGAM will facilitate with our partners, focused on young people, gambling and social gaming.

Dr. Carran says ‘Through this research project I hope to establish the attitudes, thinking and behaviours of teachers and practitioners who are trained in the YGAM programme. We are keen to understand specifically what aspects of the YGAM are effective, what needs to be improved or amended, so good practice can be shared and disseminated.’

Lee Willows, Chief Executive of YGAM says ‘Preventative education delivered to professionals, for them to embed within PSHE (or similar) education to young people remains a relatively unevaluated piece work where gambling related-harm is concerned. Such education is a key priority within the UK’s new National Responsible Gambling Strategy. I hope we can apply learning from the work of Dr. Carran to further strengthen our work with teachers and practitioners and share any best practice that may emerge.’

YGAM is a UK-Registered Charity with a social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling or social gaming. The charity has developed, extensively piloted and is now rolling out the UK’s first PSHE Association quality-assured and ASDAN accredited educational resources to raise awareness of the potentials harms that may arise from gambling or social gaming. The YGAM programme offers a highly professional, extensive, flexible and engaging curriculum comprising of over 50 challenges (areas of study) for young people to participate. Additionally, the programme is accompanied by over 100 on-line resources to support delivery.

The charity hopes to address the lack of PSHE provision in British schools, colleges and community organisations around gambling and social gaming. To view how we believe we can achieve this on a national scale, please read our updated Theory of Change.

Click here to view the YGAM Theory of Change page.

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