Based in London, fabtic is a new and dynamic company whose staff have extensive experience in working with at-risk children, managing front-line staff and supervising volunteers.
Since graduating from Magdalen College, Oxford, Company Director Joanna Foster has gained over sixteen years’ experience of working in the public, charitable and voluntary sectors, including ten years managing the London Fire Brigade’s Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Scheme (JFIS). Whilst JFIS Manager, Joanna became recognised as a leading expert in her field and re-shaped the JFIS programme in line with statutory requirements to ensure the highest possible standards for clients and staff. Joanna has also completed a post-graduate certificate in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health from Middlesex University.
Joanna’s expertise has seen her speak at national and international conferences hosted by the Forensic Science Society, the International Association of Arson Investigators, Gardners Associates and the Federation of European Union Fire Officer Associations. Whilst JFIS Manager, Joanna delivered firesetters training to personnel from the London Fire Brigade, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (FRS), Cleveland FRS and Wiltshire FRS, along with staff from the Fire Service College, Greenwich Social Services and the MET police.
Throughout her Brigade career, Joanna was a source of advice and guidance to organisations including the Fire Service College, HMPS Holloway, Manchester FRS, Kent FRS and Surrey FRS on areas such as the content of firesetters training courses, best practice and policy, child protection procedures and safe recruitment practices. Spending four years as the Brigade’s Designated Person (Named Person for Children’s Safeguarding) alongside her JFIS role, Joanna led on all child protection referrals to other agencies and advised senior managers on safeguarding policy, procedures and training requirements. Trained extensively in child protection and safeguarding, Joanna worked directly with the London Safeguarding Children’s Board to ensure that firesetting became included in the London Child Protection Procedures as a behaviour that caused risk of significant harm to children and families.
As JFIS Manager, Joanna worked directly with hundreds of children and young people with firesetting behaviour. The majority of these children were subject to child protection plans or known to the youth justice system, requiring close work with professionals from Social Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Education and Youth Offending teams. Over a six-month period in 2010, Joanna’s direct work with clients was filmed as part of a BBC documentary entitled The Kids That Play With Fire