Safer Gambling Week will return this year on Monday 1 November and will run for a week until concluding on Sunday 7 November 2021. This industry-wide initiative will try to encourage industry discussions surrounding the promotion of safe gambling. While the top operators will lead the way, this event will also require the involvement of any operator that is registered with the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).
In terms of scope, Safer Gambling Week 2021 will apply to online casinos, physical casinos, bookmakers, bingo halls, and amusement arcades across the UK and also in Ireland. While attempting to support punters, Safer Gambling Week will also encourage the participation of gambling operators and their staff.
The Safer Gambling organisation actively tries to remind punters that gambling is a form of entertainment that requires money – rather than being for profit. Ultimately, the organisation explains that safe gambling merely provides a chance of winning money and that the activity has a finite length of time – much like other forms of entertainment.
The organisation also explains that while betting can be fun, there is no guarantee to win every time. As such, bettors must manage their expectations realistically and be prepared for when they lose money. By practising safe gambling techniques, punters can engage with the industry more safely and ensure that they are less exposed to risk by wagering responsibly.
What to Expect
During Safer Gambling Week 2021, operators will be expected to provide access to information and tools that will promote safer gambling. Among the key resources will be questions relating to gambling, the five behaviours of safe betting, and details of where to mind more in-depth information.
GamCare and the Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) are two of the most prominent charities involved with Safer Gambling Week. And each has planned for the weeklong even by arranging training and workshops that will focus on people who work with the younger generations. This will ensure that teachers, health professionals, and others will be ready to advise young people and provide them with tools to help them manage their betting activity more safely.
Safer Gambling recommends that bettors only wager what they can afford and use spending tools to set time and monetary limits. In the UK, customers are prevented from betting with credit cards. Furthermore, it is possible to request to be self-excluded with one operator and to also be excluded from every other gambling service in the UK.