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The Gambling Act 2005 (GA 2005) introduced a new regulatory system to govern the provision of all gambling in Great Britain, other than the National Lottery and spread betting. In general there is prohibition on gambling by children and young people. 'Child' means an individual who is less than 16 years old; 'young person' means an individual who is not a child but is less than 18 years old. There are a number of exceptions to this general prohibition. These are:Gambling Act 2005GA 2005 - Explanatory Notes Part 4 Protection of children and young personsGA 2005, s 45
children and young people may participate in all forms of private or non-commercial gaming and betting (eg school raffles, tombolas, church fetes etc)
young people may participate in lotteries and pool betting on association football
children and young people may use the category of gaming machine with the lowest stakes and prizes (Category D)
children and young people may also take part in equal chance prize gaming on certain premises (Part 13 GA 2005)
The main offence is found in section 46(1) of the Gambling Act 2005, which provides that a person commits an offence if he invites, causes or permits a child or young person to gamble. Invitation includes advertising and other actions that bring attention to the facilities available for gambling. It is a defence to prove the information was provided without his consent or authority. A further defence is also available in a case where information is brought to a child's attention (as opposed to being sent to the child). In those circumstances,
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