This section is designed to give guidance to parents and guardian who may be concerned about a child or young person playing with or lighting fires.
Parents and guardians who have concerns about fire setting behaviour displayed by children should follow the advice on this page.
First, don’t be too alarmed – it’s quite natural for a child to curious about fire.
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If a fire happens, warn the rest of the family and GET OUT, STAY OUT, CALL THE FIRE SERVICE OUT!
You should become aware quite quickly if your child is repeatedly playing with fire.
Look out for small burn holes in carpets, charred paper in sinks or wastebaskets.
Matches and lighter may be hidden in their cupboards, drawers, under the bed or they may know exactly where to get yours from even if you think you have hidden them.
Your child may express a fascination with fire.
You may have a fire with unknown cause.
Children and young people start to play with fire for various reasons, ranging from natural curiosity to attention seeking or a cry for help.
Without help and guidance fire setting may increase and lead to more serious consequences such as serious personal injury and damage to homes, schools and other properties.
This behaviour needs to be recognised and dealt with appropriately in order to minimise the chances of it happening again.
Consider your own actions and how they might influence the behaviour of the children and young people for whom you are responsible.
Act on the advice given in this leaflet, you could reduce the chances of your child starting a destructive fire.
If you think the problem is serious or you feel you need help to deal with it then you can call us.
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service has a Fire setter Intervention Scheme.
This Scheme offers help from Fire Service Personnel who are specially trained to work with children and young people who have demonstrated a worrying interest in fire.
The Scheme caters for children and young people of any age.
The scheme offers different programmes of education and advice to children, young people and their families or any agency that might be involved.
The programmes include a Home Visit, the SAFE programme (usually 4 sessions) and the FIRESAFE Programme (10 sessions). Young people who have been caught for Arson usually follow the longer programme, however, the scheme aims to help prevent young people finding themselves in this situation. The sessions for the SAFE and FIRESAFE usually take place at a Fire Station and last about an hour.
If you would like more information about the Scheme and the programmes on offer please contact us by:
Telephone: 01443 232407/416/436 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Firesetting Intervention SchemeCommunity Safety Department