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Safer Gambling Week 2024

  By benboland – Last updated 3 Jan 2024

This year’s Safer Gambling Week is underway, with the initiative taking place from 17th-23rd October.

The annual event involves all of the major players in the UK gambling industry and seeks to raise awareness of responsible gambling practices.

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For Safer Gambling Week, operators and game providers are encouraged to highlight the many tools players have at their disposal to keep gambling sessions under control.

Tools for gambling responsibly

In order to obtain a UKGC licence, casinos must adhere to strict requirements around providing responsible gambling tools to players. Below are some of the most common ones that we recommend paying particular attention to:

Deposit limits: You should always have a budget in mind before you begin gambling; make sure that this is an amount that you can afford to lose – as you will often not win – and do not spend beyond this.

Self-exclusion: All casinos will have an option for you to bar yourself from their website. This can be for a certain period of time or permanently and can usually be found as you enter your account page. Additionally, GAMSTOP can do this across all gambling companies.

Blocking apps: Apps such as Gamban can be useful in stopping temptation if you are trying to have a break. These make it nearly impossible for you to find gambling sites on desktop and mobile devices.

Safer Gambling Week can be followed on social media with the hashtag #SGWeek2024 in use. Additionally, for free advice about gambling addiction, the National Gambling Helpline can be contacted at 0808 8020 133; this is available on a 24/7 basis.