The UK Charity Commission has brought the regulatory action against the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) to an end after it found no reason for further investigation.
The regulatory body had responded to a complaint that challenged the relationship between YGAM and the trade body representing the gambling industry in the country, the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust replied to the complaint by sharing that its close relationship with the gambling industry standards and trade body were necessary to make sure that the “Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme” is carried out across the territory of England and Wales. In order for this to happen, the YGAM needed the support of the Betting and Gaming Council’s members.
The education that is especially aimed at helping young audiences had been established in partnership with the leading problem gambling support organisation in the UK, GamCare.
The UK Charity Commission explained that it received reassuring of the working collaboration between YGAM and the BGC, in which parties had implemented a mechanism that was enough to make sure there were no conflicts of interest and independence.
The Programme Aims at Boosting the Education Standards on Problem Gambling
In addition, Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust highlighted its governance structure that includes the charity organisation being led by a board consisting of independent trustees, who make efforts to put some higher education standards on problem gambling and gambling-related harm at young people while they still form their selves.
The projects unveiled by YGAM have been described as a key RET remit required by the major gambling regulatory body in the country – the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) – as part of the watchdog’s efforts to bolster the National Strategy to tackle harms and dangers associated with gambling.
The trade body of the licensed gambling operators in the UK – the Betting and Gaming Council – also responded to the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust’s case, saying that the organisation and its members proudly supported the excellent work that the YGAM and GamCare had been doing through the Gambling Harm Prevention Programme, which had been especially targeting young people. The BGC reminded that in its opening year alone, the aforementioned programme managed to surpass its objectives to provide education for underage individuals as well as training for the people who work with them in the process.
As revealed by YGAM, the Trust intends to continue to executed its 4-year national programme, explaining that it is the first-of-its-kind service aimed at delivering training, education and support to youngsters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The directive also has an objective to work in collaboration with other organisations that support in Scotland.
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust shared it is very pleased with the fact that the UK Charity Commission has reached the decision there was no conflict in the partnership between YGAM and the BGC so quickly.