Children North East have launched a survey to find out just how much gambling addiction is an issue for children and young people in the region, so we can potentially provide the right kind of support.

The NHS have announced this week that they're launching the first Gambling Clinic for children and young people, with a total of 14 of the specialist services set to open in England supporting young people aged 13-25.

There are growing concerns that the rise of online gaming sites and targeted adverts is causing major problems for a growing number of young people. The Gambling Commission reports that there are 55,000 children who have a gambling problem in the UK, with 450,000 gambling regularly. This figure is greater than those who have taken drugs, consumed alcohol or smoked.

This news really confirms what we've suspected has been a problem for a while, and we're currently asking young people to let us know about their own experiences of gambling. We'd like to know just how much of an issue it is here in the North East, and what support we could be offering.

Share our survey!

We think this may be a silent issue for young people but we want to find out more. It may be that parents have noticed concerns about their teenager/young adult gambling or young people that work for you who may be struggling.

Our survey is completely confidential and only takes about 5 minutes to complete. We'd be so grateful if you could share this post. 

Take the survey

Also, if you're a parent or carer of someone who's struggling with a gambling addiction, do please get in touch with us if you're willing to share your experience. Please email [email protected] - it'll be completely confidential.