Many children and young people have a fascination with fire, but for some this fascination can take a dangerous turn and lead to fire setting. This is where Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s Juvenile Firesetters can help.
Juvenile Firesetters helps children, and their parents, understand their fascination with fire and learn how to control their feelings as well as teaching fire safety awareness.
Specially trained volunteers from across the service meet young people in their homes and speak with them about their fire setting behaviour, how they can control this, possible consequences and fire safety and awareness.
Young people can be referred to the scheme by concerned parents or guardians, or agencies including the police, local fire stations, social services and Youth Offending Teams.
Signs of fire setting include:
- Small burn holes in carpets
- Charred paper in sinks or bins
- Matches or lighters in your child's bedroom, school bag or coat
- An unusual fascination with fire
- Unexplained fires in the home.
If you have concerns for a young person who may have fascination with fire or may be making hoax calls. Please contact a member of Community Safety at SHQ on 01376 576022, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the online referral form.
To download or view the Juvenile firesetters leaflet please click on the document below.