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United Kingdom. Gambling Commission. (2020) Young people and gambling [England & Scotland].

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This publication provides information about young people’s participation in different types of gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling. It includes statistics about those forms of gambling that children and young people can legally take part in along with gambling on age restricted products.

The findings are taken from the annual Young People and Gambling Survey, conducted in 2020 by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the Gambling Commission. The 2020 study was severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the closure of schools in Great Britain on the 20 March 2020. These results are based on a sample of 1,645 pupils aged 11-16 in England and Scotland, completed before schools were shut on the 20 March. Due to the early end to fieldwork, the results do not include Wales and therefore are not representative of Great Britain as in previous years. 

Given the smaller sample size, it is not appropriate to scale the figures to the wider population of pupils aged 11-16 in state funded secondary schools. More information about the study methodology and the impact of Covid-19 on the research can be found in the accompanying technical report.

Definitions - Gambling participation: This is the number of 11-16 year olds who have gambled in the last seven days. This includes illegal types of gambling and legal types of gambling such as private bets for money, playing cards for money with friends or 16 year olds playing the National Lottery.

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4 November 2020
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