The telltale signs of firesetting
- Small burn holes in carpets
- Charred paper in sinks or wastebaskets
- Matches or lighters hidden in bedrooms
- An unusual fascination with fires
- Unexplainable fires in your home
Why do children set fires?
Children who play with fire do so for various reasons, ranging from natural curiosity to attention seeking. Without help and guidance, firesetting behaviour can develop - leading to more serious consequences such as major injuries, damage to home, schools, property and even death.
What is the programme?
The first visit by the advisors will attempt to discover more about the young person involved and establish a trusting relationship.
Advisors can, by agreement, visit your home, or school or similar location where young people feel comfortable.
If there is an agency referral parent or carer consent will needed.
The duration of advisor involvement may vary depending upon the specific circumstances and problems. Your advisor will discuss times with you and will be available to answer any questions.
This behaviour should be recognised and dealt with to ensure that it does not continue into adulthood. You should also consider your own actions and how they may influence the behaviour of children for whom you are responsible.