Therapeutic intervention scheme trialled for young people


A forensic psychologist has teamed up with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service to develop a new programme for children and young people showing an unhealthy interest in fire.

The Junior Icarus programme is a new trial offered to some families instead of the fire service’s existing Firesetter scheme.

The enhanced assistance sees the young people and their families or carers work with a forensic psychologist to deliver a 10-module therapeutic intervention programme.

The content addresses the cycle of negativity and works with the young person in a holistic way to manage their behaviour in a positive manner.

Wendy Coleman, community fire safety team, said: “As far back as records go, fire services have engaged with children and young people who have a fascination with fire and worried parents have contacted the Service to ask for advice.

“Junior Icarus takes this help to a new level. We believe the programme is a national first and early indications are showing encouraging results.”