Latest figures show that a third of all fire incidents attended by the fire and rescue services in England were caused deliberately.
- Out of these there were 303 fatalities and 7,661 casualties
- On average the service attends 591 fires per day
- Research suggests that many offenders who set fires are not caught and for many setting fires is part of an overall anti-social pattern of behaviour.
- Some individuals have serious mental health issues and set fires for different reasons.
Have you employed a former arsonist and is your business at risk from an undisclosed convicted felon or child firesetter?
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 gives jobseekers with criminal records the right to legally withhold such information after a period of time. So you may have unwittingly employed a former arsonist, perhaps someone convicted of setting grass fires or even burning down a school in their youth.
Human Resource and Health and Safety Professionals in particular need to be aware of the risks that firesetters can pose to their organisation and what they can do to mitigate arson resulting from staff wanting revenge, causing vandalism, sabotage, or in order to relieve tension.
At our conference in London on Monday 25th September a detailed analysis of current and future developments in the field of appropriate responses to firesetting and arson will be explored.
Featuring leading experts from the US and UK and in particular a former child firesetter who talks about at why she set fires and what helped her to stop.
This one-day conference explores the latest developments in the treatment of firesetting and arson.
Why I Set Fires and the Reasons I Stopped
At twelve years old, Jenny was referred to her local fire brigade for support in stopping setting fires. Now aged 18, Jenny looks back at why she set fires and what helped her to stop. During this Q&A session, Jenny will show the practical exercises and strategies she completed during her fire safety intervention.
Working with Adult Firesetters: A Fire and Rescue Service Perspective
Supported by the Cognitive Centre, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has developed an integrated educational programme currently being piloted in several UK prisons. Station Manager Damian Watts, Investigation and Firesetters Manager will tell us how the programme aims to ensure participants become familiar with the dangers and risks of deliberate firesetting and are able to reflect on their offence and its consequences.
Clinical Treatment Needs of Adult Firesetters – Professor Theresa Gannon
Consultant Forensic Psychologist and Professor of Forensic Psychology and Director of the Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent, Professor Gannon will present the latest psychological developments relating to the theory, research and intervention needs of adult firesetters. Outlining two treatment programmes devised to reduce risk in adult firesetters, Professor Gannon will also discuss what needs to be done to improve both academic and client practice with adult firesetters.
WHEN: Monday 25 September 2017 from 10.00hrs to 16.30hrs
WHERE: Amba Hotel, Charing Cross, The Strand, London WC2N 5HX
COST: £345 + VAT.