GambleAware held its second annual 'harm minimisation' conference on Wednesday 10 December 2014 at The King's Fund, London: Harm minimisation in gambling: investigating gaming machines in licensed betting offices.
While the overall theme of the conference remained 'harm minimisation in gambling', the programme focused on the independent research into gaming machines located in licensed betting offices that GambleAware commissioned with a consortium of researchers including NatCen, Featurespace and Geofutures and directed at the following two questions posed by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, advisors to the Gambling Commission:
Can we distinguish between harmful and non-harmful gaming machine play?
If we can, what measures might limit harmful play without impacting on those who do not exhibit harmful behaviours?
GambleAware published a package of research reports on Monday 1 December 2014 and the conference provided a forum at which the research team were able to present and discuss its research findings.
Hosted by Liz Barclay, broadcaster and former trustee of GambleAware, the conference was intended to be helpful in informing the direction of future research and policy development as well as industry practice in relation to promoting player protection and responsible gambling behaviour.
Speakers included Associate Professor Paul Delfabbro, University of Adelaide; Professor Jo Wolff, University College London; Heather Wardle, Research Director, NatCen Social Research; and, David Excell, Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Featurespace.
Download the conference programme here.