Safer Gambling Tools
What are 'safer gambling' tools?
There are a wide range of 'things' available to help you manage your relationship and interaction with gambling, or even stop completely. They are generally referred to as 'tools'.
These tools range from simple questionnaires designed to make you think, and workbooks/diaries to keep a record of your behaviour and review, to online interactive tools, national self-exclusion schemes and free confidential help, advice and counselling services, available by telephone and online chat.
The range of tools that you may be aware of will be influenced by the type of gambling you tend to engage in and the venues you play at, but many tools and services are available online, as well as at venues, making it easier for you to find information, advice and help and support if needed.
Which tools where?
In Adult Gaming Centres (amusement arcades), Betting Offices (bookies), Bingo Venues and Casinos, you can:
- talk to staff at venues
- find leaflets on responsible gambling and further information
- register for their respective self-exclusion scheme
Online and on Mobile, you can
- talk to customer service via online chat
- find links to information on responsible gambling and further information
- set limits for time and/or money
- register for their self-exclusion scheme
There are also a number of independent 'tools' that range from information guides to software and mobile apps:
GT app - provided by Gambling Therapy - offers a collection of tools and information to help you identify and overcome problems with gambling and is available FREE of charge from their website: GT App
'Blocking' software can be a very useful tool if you want to limit your access to gambling sites or other services available over the internet. A 'site blocker' can block access from computers, tablets and phones to many online gambling sites, including some sites which are not members of the online self-exclusion scheme GamStop, e.g. illegal or overseas websites. Site blockers may also prevent some gambling advertising.
One blocking software solution, Gamban, is available FREE to people getting help from any treatment services funded by GambleAware. Contact the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133 if you would like to talk about the confidential support available across Great Britain.
People calling the National Gambling Helpline who are referred for treatment from GamCare, the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Gordon Moody Association will be given use of the software free of charge.
More information on Gamban and technical support with how to use it is available on their website: www.gamban.com
BetBlocker is a UK registered charity that provides free blocking software with no account registration needed (you do not need to provide any personal information). The app will allow you to block your device from accessing over 14k gambling operator websites (both licensed and unlicensed), offers a continuous restriction between 1 day and 5 years or a scheduled restriction that will switch on during known periods of vulnerability and is available on Windows, Apple, Android, iOS, Linux and FireOS. You can download the app as many times as you like on as many devices as you need without charge.
More information about BetBlocker and technical support can be found on their website: betblocker.org.
If you would like information or need to talk through what's on offer, for free and confidential information advice and support you can:
- Call the FREE National Gambling Helpline: 0808 8020 133
- Visit GamCare at: www.GamCare.org.uk
- Visit the National Gambling Treatment Service at: www.BeGambleAware.org