London Fire Brigade

Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Scheme

Offering one-to-one fire safety education to children and young people

The Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Scheme works with children and young people, up to the age of 18, who demonstrate a fascination with fire, including playing with lights and matches, or who have set fires.

The service is free and since its launched in 2001 we have received more than 3,500 referrals, helping to reduce deliberate fires and address fire safety concerns in all 33 London boroughs.

Our specialist team offers tailored, one-to-one fire safety education to the young person as well as advice for their parents or carers.

The initial session takes place in the child's home in the presence of, and with the full written consent of their parent or carer. Further sessions can be arranged at a suitable location.

The number of visits depend on the individual circumstances.

What are the tell-tale signs of firesetting?

Children and young people may play with fire for a variety of reasons.

Keep an eye out for:

  • Burn holes in carpets, bedding or clothing
  • Charred paper or melted objects in bins or sinks
  • Matches or lighters hidden in your child's room, under the bed or in their school bag
  • Unexplained fires in your home

Always make sure your home is fitted with a smoke alarm.

We offer a free home fire safety visit where we can provide advice on how to make it safer from fire and, where appropriate, fit a smoke alarm.

Our Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Scheme leaflet has further advice for parents and carers who are concerned about a child or young person playing with fire.

How to make a referral

If you notice any of the tell-tale signs of firesetting do not ignore them. Early intervention is vital in changing a young person's behaviour.

The Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Scheme accepts referrals from:

  • Parents or carers
  • Schools
  • Police
  • Social services
  • Youth offending teams
  • Other professionals

We require the consent from a parent or guardian before working with any child or young person.


Make a referral

  • If you would like more information or wish to refer a young person, please contact the Juvenile Firesetters Intervention Scheme: firesetters@london-fire.gov.uk or call 020 8555 1200(x30842)