Problem gambling and social work

01/04/2022 15:30 - 16:30

Prevalence surveys suggest that 0.6% of the population are problem gamblers but even more are at risk. And for each of these individuals, 10-17 others including children and family members are affected. Problem gambling is linked to depression, suicide, debt, bankruptcy, family conflict, offending, domestic abuse, neglect and maltreatment of children making it central to social work territory. Despite this, social work training has consistently neglected gambling problems.

Learning points:

  • Why problem gambling is relevant to adult social care.
  • How to identify this ‘hidden’ problem.
  • The social work role in supporting someone with a gambling addiction.

Jim Rogers, senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Lincoln