Opportunities to gamble have boomed in England in the last 10 years and the media is increasingly reporting cases of gambling-related harm within the general population. A government consultation is currently underway reviewing whether vulnerable adults and children are being sufficiently protected from advertising and whether the stakes on fixed odds betting machines (FOBTs), ‘the crack-cocaine of gambling’ should be reduced[1].

Against this background, a project is being conducted by researchers from King’s College London (KCL) to investigate adults at risk and gambling-related harm. This study involves interviews with social care staff and a survey of adult safeguarding managers in England about the prevalence of concerns involving gambling-related harm and current practices in dealing with these cases.

Researchers would like to speak to social care staff with experience of working with adults at risk who are problem gamblers. They are also interested in hearing about perpetrators (such as carers) who commit crimes against adults at risk in order to fund their gambling addictions. Readers who have any comments or experiences or would like further information should contact Caroline.Norrie@kcl.ac.uk.

Findings will be publicised in the professional press and general media and will be of interest to people working in social care as well as policy makers.

This study is being funded by Ridgeway Information Limited.

[1] (see https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-review-of-gaming-machines-and-social-responsibility-measures)