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A common problem faced by frontline staff and managers working with children and teenagers who set fires is sourcing suitable resources to use in this work.

To meet this need, fabtic now produces resource packs for practitioners.

Every fabtic resource pack is carefully put together based on nearly two decades of frontline practice, trauma-informed approaches, child development theory, and what is known about the cognitive and behavioural skills required for pro-social competence. These include problem solving, social perspective-taking and creative thinking.

Each resource pack contains a range of books, items and activities that are suitable for direct work with children aged from 3 to 17 years. All the toys are sourced through reputable suppliers using small, independent firms wherever possible, and are safety certificated.

For more information including content, costs and how to order a fabtic resource pack, please Contact Us.

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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)