Self - Exclusion

What is Self-Exclusion?

Self-exclusion is when you can ask a gambling company or operator to stop you from gambling with them for an amount of time. It usually lasts for at least six months. It is mainly used by people who think they have a problem with gambling and want help to stop. It is up to you to stick to a self-exclusion agreement with a gambling company, but the company should help you do that.

The Gambling Industry Operates Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE) Schemes

The links below provide information about each sector's current VSE scheme:
ABB - Association of British Bookmakers
BA - The Bingo Association

The Bingo Association is currently developing The Bingo Industry Self-Exclusion Scheme. This scheme will enable a customer to self-exclude from gambling in one premises, have their details held on a central database, which is then circulated to all other Bingo Association clubs. A company has been appointed to undertake this exercise on behalf of bacta and completion is due in February 2016.

Until this project is completed, customers should self-exclude at their local bingo premises.
Bacta is currently working towards a national sector scheme whereby self-excluders will be able to deny themselves access to all adult gaming centres and/or adult gaming areas within licenced family entertainment centres in the same locality as the venue originating the self-exclusion process.
NCF - The National Casino Forum
The National Casino Forum operates the SENSE scheme, the casino industry's national scheme commenced 3rd August 2015.
Remote Gambling Association
From April 2016 all land-based providers of gambling activities will be required to offer national sector based VSE options.

For more information on land-based gambling sector self-exclusion schemes please visit