Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Programs

Organizations that offer firesetter intervention programs for children and adolescents, some as young as age two or three, who have demonstrated a fascination with fire and who may have set one or more fires accidentally or through curiosity-motivated fire play. Activities generally include an interview with the youngster and his/her parents to determine the motivation for the firesetting behaviour and the severity of the problem; information regarding the appropriate and safe use of fire, child supervision techniques and responsibilities, what to do if a fire occurs and the consequences of setting fires; and a concluding tour of the local fire station. Problem firesetters with deeper problems are referred to the mental health system for counselling or, if malicious criminal intent is involved, are charged with juvenile arson and become the responsibility of the juvenile justice system. Juvenile firesetter intervention programs are often offered by local fire departments in cooperation with police agencies, schools and other community groups.



An educational program that was developed to provide assistance to families in Hamilton that have children conducting fireplay and/or firesetting behaviour. The education session is typically conducted in the child’s home with the parent/guardian present and includes an age appropriate overview o

Child and Adolescent Services is a community-based children’s mental health clinic, providing confidential and free mental health counselling and treatment for children and youth, under 18, and their families. 

Due to COVID-19 this service may be experiencing a closure. Visit website for updates. 

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