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Playing Safe


In September 2013 the National Casino Forum (NCF) announced the launch of its new responsible gambling initiative called Playing Safe which comprises an agreed set of principles and a Playing Safe Forum (PSF) which will be pivotal to promoting, developing and evaluating the principles.

The PSF has a core of industry members, but is also open to other participants – academics, care providers and regulators.
In September 2014 the now Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt. Hon. John Whittingdale MP formerly announced the Playing Safe responsible gambling programme. The chair of the UK Gambling Commission Mr Philip Graf CBE, welcomed the responsible gambling initiatives outlined in Playing Safe One Year On.

‘The Commission supports and encourages the entire industry to be pro-active in finding new ways to protect those that may be at risk from problem gambling, including working together to share best practice and enhance existing self exclusion arrangements.

We welcome this NCF initiative which we hope will achieve the aim of making it easier for people who recognise they need to control their gambling, to self exclude from all relevant casinos in a single step.

Our chairman Philip Graf reinforced the message of using technology to improve player protection and social responsibility in a speech made earlier this year titled Innovation as a force for good – exploiting technology to secure public confidence.’

Labour Shadow Minister for Sport Clive Efford MP said ‘The move to improve self-exclusion by the casino industry is welcome and the Gambling Commission should look at what the casino industry is doing to see whether it can be applied in other parts of the industry…’

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