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Children and Teenagers Who Set Fires

Children and Teenagers Who Set Fires

Why They Do It and How to Help

Joanna E. Foster. Foreword by Professor David Kolko.

Quick Overview

This is a practical book for anyone working with children who set fires, designed to explain why children engage in firesetting behaviour, and how to support them and intervene to prevent fires. It combines expert advice on firesetting research and child development theory with practical activities that can be used in direct work.
2019, Paperback / softback, 8.43in x 5.43in / 214mm x 138mm, 192pp
ISBN: 9781785925337

Availability: In stock



This book helps adults to understand firesetting behaviour in children and teens and provides strategies to work with them to address the behaviour. Drawing upon the latest juvenile firesetting research and utilising child development theory to underpin its safety messages, the book explores why young people might set fires in the first place and contextualises firesetting in terms of communication and gaining the attention of carers and other adults.

The chapters lay out practical, tried-and-tested steps that professionals and carers can take to address firesetting behaviour, and suggests how to further support any child or teen who sets fires. This includes summaries of the latest evidence-based support strategies and a range of creative activities that can be used in direct work with children and teenagers who set fires, tailored to specific age ranges. Combining expert advice on firesetting behaviour with straightforward practices, this comprehensive book can be used by anyone working with young people to help them intervene and prevent it.


'It's a handbook that provides intelligent, highly effective, practical approaches to understanding young people who set fires. Foster writes with warmth and passion giving insightful, sensitive advice grounded in a caring, child-centred philosophy that will be beneficial to anyone who works with vulnerable young people. A must-read for educators everywhere. This book has the power to save lives.'
- Tamsin Winter, author of Being Miss Nobody and Jemima Small Versus the Universe

'Joanna Foster has done a wonderful job of producing a highly accessible text that introduces the reader to best practice in fire safety work with children and young people. This book is highly engaging to read and should be essential reading for those tasked with the difficult job of addressing fire setting in children and young people.'
- Professor Theresa A. Gannon, Director of CORE-FP, University of Kent

'What a wonderful read. The author's warmth, care, love and commitment to this important area of work is evident in every word on the page. The book is informative and provides a great deal of insight into the area of fire setting. This book generously provides practitioners with practical tools, confidence and inspiration to undertake work in this area. The exercises are brilliant in their simplicity and in my view are transferable to a variety of other disciplines. A superb book.'
- Roz Morrison, Criminal Justice Specialist


By (author): Joanna Foster


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