Firesetting Foundation Training – March 2021

fabtic’s next foundation training course for staff working with children and teenagers who set fires will take place online in March 2021.

The five-day, CPD accredited training explores the latest juvenile firesetting research and equips delegates with the practical tools required to work effectively with children and teenagers who set fires. 

The course is delivered by frontline practitioner and supervisor Joanna Foster, author of Children and Teenagers Who Set Fires: Why They Do It and How to Help.  Recently, Joanna’s research at the University of Cambridge explored how frontline practitioners identify risk and need when addressing juvenile firesetting behaviour, and her findings are already receiving much interest from both the academic and frontline practice worlds.

Previous delegates of the foundation course include personnel from fire and rescue services, YOTs, NHS, CAMHS, HMPPS, youth services, education, social care, police, secure units, academia and forensic psychology.  Accruing 35 hours of CPD, the course content includes the latest juvenile firesetting research, principles of effective intervention, child development and how it relates to fire safety messages, understanding ‘bad behaviour in children’ and trauma-informed care, defensible decision-making, and protecting the protectors.  Practical and creative strategies are used throughout, ensuring those attending leave with hands-on activities to use in their client work, whether face-to-face or online.

The move to online training, supervision and direct work with clients since March 2020 has proved successful for fabtic, with positive feedback received from course delegates that includes,

“Thank you for a great course. I have learnt so much.  I don’t think I have ever attended a training course that has actually ‘trained’ me as much as this one.”

 “Thank you so much for the wonderful training you provided over the past 5 days, your knowledge of the subject as well as your lived professional experience was incredible. The content is fantastic and your empathy, energy and passion shone through via a screen.”

 The firesetting foundation training will be delivered online on 8, 10, 12, 15 and 17 March 2021 from 0930 to 1630hrs daily. Delivered via Zoom, regular screen breaks are included throughout, plus a 45-minute lunch break.

The cost of the five-day course per delegate is £550+VAT, including signed CPD certificate.

To book a place please call fabtic on 020 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk


Working With Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters

fabtic is pleased to announce a one-day CPD juvenile firesetter course on 24 September 2015 in Newcastle.

Enhanced Problem Solving Skills When Working With Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters is the first in a series of four, different training days taking place across the UK in 2015-16. All four days focus on the key social, cognitive and behavioural skills adolescents need to address their anti-social behaviour, including firesetting. Delegates can book all four training events or attend individual days as stand-alone courses.

The September training day focuses specifically on problem solving.

Teaching problem solving skills is a technique widely used by staff who engage with anti-social young people and most interventions include a variation of the process. This training day approaches problem solving in more depth and enables delegates to take away practical ideas that can be used immediately with adolescents who set fires.

Exploring the fundamental areas of problem definition, barriers to effective problem solving, problem solving multi-tasking, alternatives and implementation, delegates will leave with increased knowledge and skills in this key area, along with hand-outs for use in client practice.

The training is aimed at all professionals experienced in working with children and adolescents who set fires.

The training day runs from 0930hrs to 1630hrs (with registration from 0900hrs) and costs £145 per delegate, including refreshments, lunch and all accompanying hand-outs. Early booking is advised as numbers are strictly limited to 20 delegates to ensure all group work is as lively, interactive and inclusive as possible.

To book your place or for more information please contact fabtic on 020 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk


Multi-agency attendance at UK Juvenile Firesetter Conference

The national juvenile firesetter conference that took place on 17 April in Manchester brought together over 65 delegates from across Britain and Scandinavia.

Representing fire and rescue services, the fire service college, mental health, juvenile justice, adult prisons, residential children’s services, secure hospitals and units, risk management, civil contingency, the NHS, local authorities, education, training, psychology, academia, faith groups and private practice, the delegates brought a truly multi-agency dimension to the day.

The conference was led throughout by Dr David Kolko, Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Paediatrics and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh, and recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on juvenile firesetting behaviour. Professor Kolko kept delegates enthralled with his expertise, findings and client anecdotes from nearly 40 years of clinical practice and research. In addition to his presentations on assessment and effective interventions, Professor Kolko took questions from the floor; the questions began within the first ten minutes of the conference start and continued until the close of day. From shock tactics to links between firesetting and sexual behaviour, Professor Kolko delivered every answer with authority, knowledge, sensitivity and a humour vital when working with vulnerable children and families.

Amongst the feedback received from delegates, the comments of Paul Holland, Training Director at E.G. Consultancy, are of particular testament to the merit of the conference,

‘I have worked in the field of Community Fire Safety training for over 14 years…Firesetting is, naturally, a key area of concern. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation by David Kolko; particularly in the area of scope and assessment. His presentation has made me re-think my approach to almost every aspect of our work’.

In light of such success, fabtic and the Cognitive Centre look forward to welcoming Professor Kolko to his next UK firesetter conference, planned for summer 2016.

To register an early interest in the 2016 conference, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or call 020 7249 0652.


Happy Birthday fabtic

On the first anniversary of its launch, fabtic is proud to be working with firesetter staff from 20 UK Fire and Rescue Services (FRS).  The 20 FRS are:

London Fire Brigade

Cornwall FRS

Devon and Somerset FRS

Dorset FRS

Avon FRS

Wiltshire FRS

Hertfordshire FRS

South Wales FRS

Surrey FRS

East Sussex FRS

West Sussex FRS

Leicestershire FRS

Humberside FRS

Cambridgeshire FRS

Shropshire FRS

North Yorkshire FRS

Derbyshire FRS

South Yorkshire FRS

Nottinghamshire FRS

Hereford and Worcester FRS

Alongside these 20 FRS, training workshops have been delivered to the regional firesetter meetings of the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) in South West England and the East of England.

Over this first year, fabtic has also been busy on the international scene including speaking at conferences in the US and Scandinavia, and liaising with experts in the firesetter field such as Professor David Kolko, Professor Theresa Gannon and staff at the Cognitive Centre in the aim of starting a national conversation around minimum standards of referral, training, intervention and risk assessment when working with juvenile firesetters.

For more information on fabtic’s work, to attend a course or commission training specific to your team , please call (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk