Safer Gambling Week 2020: 19th - 25th November
This week marks Safer Gambling Week; a new initiative aimed at promoting the importance of safer gambling across the industry. Replacing the ‘Responsible Gambling’ campaign of previous years, Safer Gambling Week will run from 19th to 25th November. The aim of Safer Gambling Week is to get everyone from betting operators and casino sites to bingo halls and amusement arcades to talk about the importance of safer gambling with staff, customers and the wider public.
The week’s aims are to discuss and learn about:
- How to gamble more safely
- The tools that are available to help people gamble safely all year round
- Sources of more advice and support
Safer Gambling Tools
Most betting firms now offer a variety of tools to help support safer gambling all year round. Deposit limits have become commonplace on betting sites in the UK and Ireland. Here are some additional safer gambling tools to look out for when signing up to a new betting site.
Profit and loss checks
A fairly self-explanatory new feature now found on numerous betting sites, you can now check your profit or loss over a longer period of time. In just a few simple steps you can check how much you’ve lost over the past week, month or even the past year. Check it out; you may be surprised to see how much you’ve won or lost over time.
A relatively new feature on many top betting sites, a reality check will see a pop-up appear on screen when you’ve been logged in continuously for a pre-determined period of time. Whether you want a nudge after ten minutes of three hours, a reality check is an excellent tool for aiding safer gambling.
Most betting sites offer a self-exclusion option now. So, if you’re concerned that your gambling is getting out of hand, you can permanently exclude yourself from your betting account.
Cool-off periods / time-out
If you are concerned about your gambling but don’t feel the need to permanently exclude yourself from your betting account then a ‘cool off’ or ‘time out’ could be right for you. Selecting this option will give you the opportunity to suspend your account temporarily. You can choose how long you wish to suspend your account but once suspended you will not be able to re-activate your account until the selected exclusion period has passed.
Gambling transaction blocker
Many banks now offer their customers the opportunity to block gambling transactions altogether. Below is a list of all banks currently offering a gambling block. If this is something you feel you’d benefit from then speak to your bank today.
- Bank of Scotland
- Lloyds Bank
- Royal Bank of Scotland
If you’re concerned that you or someone you know have a problem with gambling, here are some organisations that may be able to offer the help and support needed:
National Gambling HelpLine - 0808 8020 133