The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (KSA), has financed three initiatives promoting responsible gambling through the Verslavingspreventiefonds (VPF), the national addiction prevention fund.
Established in 2021 under the Remote Gaming Act, VPF, overseen by KSA, is funded by an additional gambling levy on operators.
In alliance with the ministries of health, welfare, sport, and justice, KSA directs the fund allocations.
KSA has emphasized player safety twice this week. On 12 September, a report assessing the duty of care procedures of ten operators highlighted that players face “serious damage” from operators lacking real-time gambling activity monitoring.
Among the three funded projects is an initiative by Jellinek, an addiction agency, enhancing its existing gambling addiction training program. Initially developed during the opening of the Dutch market, the updated program will raise awareness and incorporate new e-learning elements.
Gelfit, a financial education service, also received funding to create a guide addressing financial issues arising from addiction and shedding light on gambling-related risks.
The Bright at School program, a prevention initiative for schools by the Trimbos Institute, will incorporate gambling education into its curriculum with the new funding. This addition aims to educate young individuals on identifying signs of problem gambling.
These initiatives are collaborative efforts involving KSA, the Ministry of Health, welfare, and Sport, and the Ministry of Justice and Security.