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Gambling Summit 2021

Glasgow City Council's Gambling Summit: Tackling Gambling Harms in the New Normal
Supported by Public Health Scotland

13 & 14 September 2021 via Microsoft Teams


Glasgow City Council, supported by Public Health Scotland and by the UK Gambling Commission, held a virtual summit to bring together people with lived experience of gambling harms with experts in practice, research and policy to share knowledge, insights and ideas on tackling gambling harms in a world adapting to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summit took place online using the Microsoft Teams platform on 13 & 14 September 2021 and included keynote addresses by national and local political leaders and experts by experience, as well as those with practical and research experience of preventing and treating gambling harms.

The summit used the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms as its focus and sought to explore emergent research, best practice and to highlight the essential work that will be necessary locally and nationally as we rebuild systems and services after COVID-19. The summit will serve as a jumping off point to discuss the future challenges as we envisage as we seek to develop the public health response to this public health harm.

Watch the Summit

The main sessions of the summit can be watched on YouTube here:     Day 1      Day 2

Please note, the workshop sessions for the summit were not recorded.

Who Attended?

The summit attracted a wide range of stakeholders from:

  • community organisations
  • front-line service providers
  • researchers
  • policy makers
  • legislators
  • socially concerned members of the gambling industry
  • core and wider public health workforce

This meant it will also mark a key step towards the further development of a city-wide action plan to tackle gambling harms in Glasgow in a way that can be shared across other areas of Scotland and the UK.


Format of Summit

By holding the summit over two half days, the virtual format using Microsoft Teams, also allowed for a programme of engagement activities to run before, during and after the formal sessions of the summit and provided a platform for the work of local people and communities to be showcased. Careful consideration was given to ensuring that local people are able to meaningfully participate in the summit, in particular addressing issues of digital accessibility.

Aims of the Summit

The summit explored the National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms two priority themes:

  • Prevention and Education
  • Treatment and Support

It sought to do so within the context of the four types of activities that are essential 'enablers' for creating sustainable action to reduce and prevent harms:

  1. Regulation and oversight of actions taken
  2. Collaboration within and across sectors
  3. Evaluation (and data) that can evidence the success of prevention, treatment, and support interventions
  4. Research to inform policy and action

All within the context of the lived experience of those affected by gambling harms.



The summit programme is available using the following link: pdf icon GAMBLING SUMMIT PROGRAMME [432kb]

Supporting Materials

Supporting material has been provided for the following workshops:

  • Gambling and Trauma: Slipping Through the Net? | Facilitated by; Fast Forward: pdf icon link [3Mb]
  • Suicide Prevention and Tackling Gambling Harms | Facilitated by; Glasgow City Suicide Prevention Partnership Group: pdf icon link [519kb]pdf icon link [2Mb]pdf icon link [197kb]
  • Gambling Support Service | Facilitated by; Citizens Advice Scotland (Airdrie): pdf icon link [479kb]
  • Gambling Related Harm in Criminal Justice | Facilitated by; Beacon Trust, RCA Trust, Glasgow City HSCP: pdf icon link [2Mb]
  • The View from Below | Facilitated by; The Machine Zone and chatterscotland.orgpdf icon link [192kb]
  • From Theory to Practice: Using an Evidence-based Theory of Change to Measure Impact in Reducing Gambling Harms in Glasgow | Facilitated by; Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO): pdf icon link [1Mb]
  • Reducing gambling harm in the workplace | Facilitated by; NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde: pdf icon link [398kb]
  • A Creative Approach to Gambling Education and Prevention | Facilitated by; Fast Forward: pdf icon link [1Mb]
  • An Introduction to Gambling Related Harms and GamCare Treatment Services | Facilitated by; GamCare Scotland: pdf icon link [533kb]
  • Involving Experts by Experience in Reducing Gambling Harms | Facilitated by; National Gambling Harms Lived Experience Network (Development Panel): pdf icon link [549kb]
  • The Journey to Evaluative Thinking: A Threefold Approach to Building Evaluative Capacity in Support of a National Strategy | Facilitated by; Gambling Research Exchange Ontario (GREO): pdf icon link [1Mb]
  • Integrating the prevention of gambling related harms - opportunities for local government in Scotland | Facilitated by; COSLA: pdf icon link [615kb]


Call to action

Bernadette Monaghan, Director of Community Empowerment and Equalities at Glasgow City Council closed the summit with a call to develop systems and services that can both reduce the harms that are being experienced and prevent the possibility for future harms.



Event Hosted by Akari Solutions Ltd
On behalf of Glasgow City Council