From September 2020, a new curriculum will be introduced to all UK secondary schools to educate young adults of the dangers of gambling related harm and managing cumulative money matters.Nick Gibb, UK Schools Minister today confirmed the Department for Education will roll out the new curriculum as part of the Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE) education programme.
Teenagers Need To Understand The Risks
Teenagers need to be made aware of the affects gambling related harm can have on a person or their family and friends as they enter in to the adult world. The PSHE are looking at ways of educating pupils of the risks, and an understanding they make clear, informed choices relating to sex and relationships, drug use, financial management and a healthier lifestyle.Last year the PHSE consulted with GambleAware to roll out a new section of the curriculum to include information of the risks associated with gambling on the lottery, scratch cards and slot machines.Nick Gib went on to say, “ I want to ensure every child understands the risks, which is why we are making health education – including issues such as addiction and cumulative debt – compulsory from September.”
55,000 Young Problem Gamblers In The UK
In addition, pupils will be educated on treatments which are available for people with gambling related issues and support to help vulnerable people.The Department for Education revealed that 55,000 children, including some as young as eleven have become problem gamblers. Children will be made aware of the risks associated with gambling and debt accumulation. They will be asked the difference between spending £10 on the lottery per week or playing slot machines everyday as an example.