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Fire-setting

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent steps fire and rescue services have taken to discourage fire-setting behaviour in juveniles and adults. (304620)

The Fire and Rescue Service is increasingly engaged in a range of youth work activities, specifically targeting youths at risk from social exclusion, and those who show signs of fire play, including adults, as part of their community safety work. To support Fire and Rescue Services CLG is working with the Arson Control Forum to help steer the direction of their work programme. This will include encouraging further Fire and Rescue Service activity to address fire related antisocial behaviour activity by children and adults, as research shows that intervention can help reduce the problem.