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


Latest fabtic newsletter now available

The latest edition of the fabtic quarterly e-newsetter is now available.

It features an interview with psychotherapist and author Betsy de Thierry discussing childhood trauma, and how regular supervision and training can help staff in how they respond and cope with the emotional impact of working with trauma.

There is also information on how practitioners can access free support during COVD-19, including online supervision, training and workshops provided by fabtic.

Finally, there is a call for research for inclusion in an international review.  Conducted by a research team from Victoria University, Wellington, the review aims to identify gaps in the juvenile firesetting literature so that recommendations can be made to advance the field.

For a free copy of the e-newsletter please email info@fabtic.co.uk


National Safeguarding Conference

fabtic is proud to bring you a one-day conference entitled ‘Working With Children That Hurt’.

The one-day conference brings together a range of subject experts to explore the themes of juvenile firesetting by children and young people, childhood trauma and repair, children impacted by parental imprisonment, and the effect of racism on children and teenagers’ resilience and identity.

All four presenters are published authors in their specialist subjects and will be discussing the following areas,

  • Joanna Foster, criminologist, on working creatively with children and young people who set fires;
  • Betsy de Thierry, psychotherapist, discusses childhood trauma and repair;
  • Lucy Baldwin, senior lecturer and researcher, explores the impact of maternal imprisonment on children;
  • Susan Cousins, counsellor, talks about her own personal story of how racism affected her identity and wellbeing as a child and teenager.

The conference is hosted throughout by senior lecturer and former assistant chief probation officer Roz Morrison. Roz is one of the few black women in the UK to have ever reached the post of assistant chief probation officer.

The day’s presentations and conversations will be captured by graphic illustrator Emma Paxton, who will be live-drawing throughout the event.

Who Should Attend

All professionals working with children, teenagers and families.  The conference is of particular interest to those from education, social care, mental health, juvenile justice and the emergency services.


Monday 27 April 2020 from 1000hrs to 1600hrs (registration and refreshments from 0915hrs).  A complimentary drinks reception follows the conference, which all delegates are warmly encouraged to attend. The drinks reception, sponsored by ZooteeK, provides everyone attending with the opportunity to relax and network together over a glass of wine and nibbles in the beautiful museum setting.


The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 1AZ.


£255 +VAT per delegate (including lunch and refreshments)

How To Book

Please contact fabtic on (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk


New book is “The only resource devoted entirely to child and adolescent firesetting”

This is how Professor David Kolko, a paediatric psychiatrist and psychologist who has specialised in the field of juvenile firesetting for over 40 years, describes a new book for practitioners and parents about child-set fires.

‘Children and Teenagers Who Set Fires: Why they do it and how to help’ is available from Monday 21 October 2019.  Written by fabtic Managing Director Joanna Foster and published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, the book explores what is meant by the term ‘juvenile firesetting’ and the research into ‘what works’ when addressing the behaviour. 

Significantly, three chapters are dedicated entirely to the hands-on resources and strategies the book’s author has used in sixteen years of direct practice with pre-school children through to older adolescents.  Rooted in trauma-informed care, child development and attachment theories, additional chapters include a detailed case study of a pre-adolescent girl whose firesetting is set against a context of prolonged abuse and neglect; practical ideas and suggestions on how to work with families with additional needs, and the importance of safe, managed endings in this work.

Providing “sensitive advice grounded in a caring, child-centred philosophy that will be beneficial to anyone who works with vulnerable young people” (Tamsin Winter, children’s author) the book is a “highly accessible text that introduces the reader to best practice in fire safety work with children and young people” (Professor Theresa Gannon).

The book is available for order and purchase at all good bookshops and online (including Kindle).



fabtic is awarded CPD accreditation status

fabtic is proud to be an approved provider with the CPD Standards Office, meaning that fabtic training is now CPD accredited.

Across the UK workforce, CPD is expected of most individual professionals in most sectors and employers are increasingly expecting their staff to undertake CPD, and may even measure them on it. Similarly, anyone who is a member of a professional body is likely to have CPD requirements laid out for them.

By attending fabtic training, employers and staff alike can evidence CPD activities.


The achievement of CPD accredited status means that fabtic training courses – including materials, presentations and the evidence-base used to underpin practical strategies – have been independently verified and assessed to CPD industry standards.

The CPD accredited courses designed and delivered by fabtic include Foundation Training for Staff Working With Children and Teenagers who Set Fires (five-day course), Pro-Social Modelling when Working with Resistant Clients, Report Writing in the Multi-Agency Setting, Understanding ADHD and ASD, and Problem Solving When Working With Anti-Social Adolescents.

To commission training from fabtic or to find out more about the range of courses available, please call (020) 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk


fabtic announces two training events for March 2016

fabtic is pleased to be holding two training courses in central London in March 2016.

The first is the five-day Foundation Training for Staff Working with Children and Adolescents who set Fires, which is aimed at staff new to this specialist field or those already working with juvenile firesetters and who are looking to enhance their skills. Previous delegates have included personnel from Fire and Rescue Services, Youth Offending Teams and forensic psychology.

The training course provides the theoretical knowledge and practical tools required to work effectively with children and teenagers who set fires. Using evidence-based research and practice throughout, the course equips attendees with the understanding and practical skills to ensure their work is ethical and effective when working directly with vulnerable children and families.

Firesetter case studies and discussions, practical examples and direct-work strategies are used throughout the five days, with certificates of attendance awarded to all delegates who complete the course.

The foundation course runs from Monday 7 – Friday 11 March 2016 in central London and the week’s fees are £750 per delegate. Daily lunch and refreshments are provided for delegates but those attending are required to source their own accommodation where needed.

For more information and to book a course, please email info@fabtic.co.uk or call (020) 7249 0652.

The second training event is a one-day course aimed at practitioners experienced in working with anti-social adolescents.

Assertiveness when Working with Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters focuses on the key principles of assertiveness and developing a clear understanding of how these are applied in practice so that we can improve outcomes for anti-social teenagers. Areas covered will include being aggressive, passive and passive-aggressive, and dealing with demand, criticism and praise. The course will also include key tips and techniques, including practicing the skill of fogging.

The course is delivered by fabtic and the Cognitive Centre, meaning delegates will benefit from the input and facilitation of two trainers on the day.

This one-day course will be held on Thursday 31 March 2016 in central London and the costs are £145+VAT per delegate (with lunch, refreshments and all hand-outs included).

For more information and to book a course, please email wendy@cognitivecentre.com or call (029) 2051 3048.


fabtic to speak at National Firesetter Meeting

fabtic is proud to be speaking at the National Firesetter Meeting hosted by Cambridgeshire FRS on Monday 1 February 2016.

With over 40 attendees from Fire and Rescue Services from across the UK, the meeting will be discussing national firesetter policy, guidance and training. fabtic is delighted to have been invited to attend and deliver a presentation on the juvenile firesetter training it delivers. fabtic has delivered training to 39 UK Fire and Rescue Services since its launch in June 2013, along with training to staff from forensic psychology, education, mental health, the police, youth offending and social services both in the UK and the US.

Delivering training in-house to services and also at open courses held across the UK, fabtic aims to make its training as accessible as possible, aware of the concerns of some professionals that many national training events are predominantly held in south east England. fabtic training ranges from half-day workshops to five-day foundation courses, with content adapted to suit staff who are new to this specialist field or those with experience in this work.

To find out more about fabtic training, please visit the training section of this website or email info@fabtic.co.uk Information on training can also be found by following fabtic on Twitter @fabtic_ltd or by calling 020 7249 0652.


Training Day Announced for 28/01/16 in Birmingham

Join fabtic at its next open training course entitled Critical Reasoning and Perspective Taking for Working with Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters.

This one-day CPD training course focuses on the application of moral dilemmas with young people, an approach found in many interventions such as The Ross Programme, Equip and Offending Is Not The Only Choice. The course includes an overview of the evidence base for this work, dilemma interventions and the practical application of this approach in the most appropriate way for engaging positively with young people.

The day will include the opportunity for delegates to rehearse and practice the application of these techniques, prior to using them in their direct work.

The course takes place on Thursday 28 January 2016 from 0930hrs to 1630hrs at The Priory Rooms, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham B4 6AF. The training is aimed at all professionals experienced in working with adolescent firesetters and other anti-social clients, bringing together a multi-disciplinary audience to share experiences and enhance learning.

This is the third in a series of four training days taking place across the UK in 2015-16, all of which explore the principles of effective working with anti-social teenagers and juvenile firesetters. Each of the four training days has a different content, devised by fabtic and colleagues at the Cognitive Centre.

Each certificated course costs £145+VAT per delegate and includes refreshments, lunch and all accompanying hand-outs.

For more information or to book a place please call fabtic on 020 7249 0652 or email info@fabtic.co.uk


fabtic celebrates working with 38 UK fire and rescue services

On the celebration of its two-and-a-half year anniversary, fabtic is very proud to have now worked with 38 UK fire and rescue services.

The work has included training workshops for the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) regional firesetter teams, one and two-day CPD courses for staff experienced in working with children and young people, and five-day firesetter foundation courses for personnel new to this specialist field of work.

In addition to working with fire and rescue services across the UK, fabtic has also been privileged to train fire departments in the US, speak at conferences in Scandinavia and the US, and work with personnel from forensic psychology, education, mental health, police, youth offending and social services (both in the UK and the US). fabtic has also offered advice to the Welsh Assembly following a spate of deliberately-set grass fires in the spring of 2015, met with CFOA staff to discuss the issuing of national firesetter guidelines, and chaired and co-hosted the UK juvenile firesetter conference in April 2015.

fabtic would like to thank all the professional agencies it has worked with to date, and give particular praise to the many experiences and good humour delegates have shared during training, and looks forward to expanding this work further throughout 2016.


Training day announced for 26 November 2015 in Manchester

fabtic is pleased to announce it’s next one-day CPD juvenile firesetter course on 26 November 2015 in central Manchester.

Enhanced Pro Social Skills When Working With Anti-Social Adolescent Firesetters is the second in a series of four training days taking place across the UK in 2015-16, each with a different content. 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 November training day focuses specifically on pro-social skills, values and modelling. This key area in achieving behaviour change in clients will be explored through the use of evidence-based theory and application of practical exercises.

The training is aimed at all professionals experienced in working with children and adolescents who set fires. The first one-day course in the series was attended by personnel from fire and rescue services, police, youth offending and forensic psychology. Feedback from the day included,

Enjoyed the fact is was very practical, giving ideas of what can be used in our own clinical work. Very relevant to the young people I work with. Training was interesting throughout. Thank you!

Brilliant interaction and delivery. Practical exercises to use and share.

Great course. Very informative and helpful as always.

Thoroughly enjoyed the course. Great presentation and delivered really well. Will use the resources with my individual cases. Extremely relevant.

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