CPD Standards Office Provider Number: 21339

Category: Early Years, Emergency Services, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Psychological Skills, Safeguarding, Social and Care Work


fabtic was founded in 2013 and works with vulnerable children and families, specialising in juvenile firesetting behaviour. Headed by criminologist Joanna Foster, Joanna is a graduate of the University of Oxford, has a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health, and a Master’s in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management from the University of Cambridge. Achieving distinction status and receiving four awards from the University of Cambridge for her studies, her thesis explored the identification of risk and need when addressing child firesetting.

A regular speaker at national and international conferences in the UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, New Zealand and the US on the subjects of juvenile firesetting and children’s safeguarding, Joanna’s work also attracts media attention. In 2010 her work was featured in the BBC2 documentary ‘The Kids Who Play With Fire’ and in October 2016 an article entitled ‘I Stop Children Setting Fires appeared in the Financial Times. Joanna’s first book ‘Children and Teenagers Who Set Fires: Why they do it and how to help’ was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2019. In response to COVID-19, Joanna has tailored all her services to provide client work, consultancy, training and supervision online. In 2021 she was awarded ‘Training Provider of the Year’ by the Fire and Excellence Emergency Awards, receiving several nominations for the title.

Accredited Activities:

  • Foundation Training for Staff Working with Children and Teenagers Who Set Fires
  • Enhanced Problem Solving When Working with Anti-Social Adolescents
  • Pro-social Modelling when Working with Anti-Social Adolescents
  • Report Writing in the Multi-Agency Setting
  • Understanding ADHD and ASD

Who Should Attend:

fabtic training is relevant to personnel from fire and rescue services, youth justice, the NHS, CAMHS, HMPPS, youth work services, education, social care, the police, secure units, academia and forensic psychology.

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