Educate your child about the dangers of playing with fire
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Firewise Education

Helping to reduce 'fire play' by educating children and young people about fire safety

If you are worried about a young person who has set a fire or who shows an unhealthy interest in fire, the FireWise Education programme can help. 

Recognising the signs

Most children show a natural interest about fire, but there are signs you can look out for that may highlight firesetting behaviour:

  • burnt matches or burnt pieces of paper lying around
  • scorch marks on the carpets or soft furnishings in their bedroom

How you can help

  • don't frighten or punish your child for being curious 
  • talk to your child, from an early age, about the dangers of matches and lighters and that they are for grown-ups only
  • explain what might happen if they start a fire
  • lock matches or lighters away, or put them out of reach 

How we can help you

We can work with young people up to the age of 18. There is no lower age limit, we have worked with children from the age of 3 and deliver the programme at an age appropriate level tailored to the individuals needs. 

We are trained to work with children with special needs and have experience with children with ADHA and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. 

How we get referrals 

We can accept referrals from:

  • parents
  • carers
  • teachers
  • social workers
  • youth offending teams
  • the police
  • firefighters 

Will will consider a referral from any source. 

What we do with your referral

After a child has been referred we will arrange a home visit where written consent will be gained and a Safe and Well visit will be offered. 

Further sessions can take place either at home or in school with children seen an average of 3 times by our team. 


The programme

We do not use shock tactics, we use a therapeutic approach which is proven to be more effective at changing behaviour. 

This is achieved by showing film clips, photographs and getting the child to participate in games, songs and craft activities appropriate to their age. 

How do I make a referral?

Please email your concerns to fast@hantsfire.gov.uk or call 07918 888052 during office hours. 

If you need to leave a voicemail a member of the team will get back to you asap.