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fabtic Managing Director Joanna Foster understands the challenges and competing demands of delivering front-line services within public, voluntary and charitable sector settings.

With over eighteen years’ experience in the field that includes managing staff, supervising volunteers, providing supervision and working directly with vulnerable clients, Joanna is confident of the consultancy support she will provide to ensure you are delivering the most effective services possible.

Joanna’s knowledge, experience base and commitment to excellent client care will ensure she will review your current ways of working and recommend improvements in ways that benefit children and families, staff and those managing them, and help ensure you meet your duty of care to clients and your workforce.

To achieve this, fabtic’s consultancy is:
  • Grounded in practical experience, knowledge of child protection legislation and empirical research
  • Genuinely tailored to improving children’s experiences of working with professionals
  • Focused on practical answers and solutions
  • Delivered by an experienced professional who has integrity and a true commitment to excellent standards of care and service delivery
fabtic can:
  • Help with strategy and planning
  • Advise on safe recruitment practices
  • Review current systems, policy and procedures
  • Make recommendations based on an objective, external perspective that complements internal practices
Additional support

fabtic can advise on a wide range of client-based questions, from discussing specific concerns for an individual child through to broader strategic and organisational policies and procedures for working with families.

fabtic can also work directly with children and young people who are firesetting, working individually or alongside your staff to address the behaviour. 

To discuss your training needs or book a course, please Contact Us for further details

In the Media

See Joanna’s work featured on the BBC and in the Financial Times


Read more about Joanna’s publications and writing projects


Access Joanna’s thesis exploring the identification of risk and need in children who set fires


"I first met Joanna in August 2004 at an International Conference on Juvenile Firesetting in Philadelphia, USA. As soon as I met her it was obvious how she had a very warm and infectious personality and a great sense of humour. Since the first meeting with Joanna and in all of my contacts and connections with her since, I can honestly say how professional, knowledgeable and approachable she has always been. I feel she has so much information and help to offer and share with others to progress the field of firesetting behaviour. I would commend her to anyone who feels that they could benefit from this."

Doug Underwood, Community Safety Team Manager Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

"I first met Joanna about five years ago when I was working with juvenile firesetters in Yorkshire. Not only was she incredibly knowledgeable about firesetting behaviour but she was, and still is, amazingly generous in sharing that knowledge. Her enthusiasm is infectious and the dedication she invests into working with young people shines through. Having attended training provided by Joanna I can vouch for the thoroughness of the provision, but it is more than that. Joanna provides engaging, person-centred delivery with genuine understanding and complete professionalism. Joanna understands the whole range of factors which can impact on a young person’s behaviour, including those that fall under the Safeguarding umbrella. Joanna genuinely is the real deal. I can wholeheartedly recommend her. She is professional, dedicated and has a passion for understanding and helping change the behaviour of juvenile firesetters and their families."

Jenny Townsend B Ed T Cert, Headteacher (retired)