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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire Service and Youth Offending Service Join Forces

02/09/2009

A new two year partnership between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Staffordshire Youth Offending Service's Prevention Team has been created to provide more effective support for vulnerable children and young people who are at risk of causing harm to themselves or others.

The partnership is aimed at responding to the individual needs of people who are referred to the Fire Service's Youth Intervention Team (YIT) for being at risk of serious harm from playing with fire, fire related anti social behaviour, arson and vehicle related crime

The agreement, which will run until June 2011, was recently signed by Sharon Moore and Ian Sloss Head of Central Risk Reduction for the Fire Service

Assistant Director Integrated Youth Support Services, Sharon Moore said: "I am delighted to be able to expand the valuable partnership between Staffordshire Youth Offending Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.  This partnership is an excellent example of effective integrated working between public services to meet the needs of some of Staffordshire's most vulnerable and challenging young people." 

"I am delighted to be able to expand the valuable partnership between Staffordshire Youth Offending Service and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service."

Assistant Director Integrated Youth Support Services, Sharon Moore

Head of Central Risk Reduction for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Ian Sloss commented: "Changing the thinking, attitudes and behaviour of children and young people who are at risk of harm from playing with fire or setting fires deliberately is an extremely important but difficult task as fire setting is a very complex issue.

In addition, the involvement of young people in vehicle related collisions, crimes and associated deaths and injuries is a continuing area for concern. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to improving the welfare and outcomes for such people and the partnership with Staffordshire Youth Offending Service will allow us to meet the needs of many more vulnerable young people."

Rebekah Fewtrell, who is employed by SYOS will assist the team to deliver consultations, counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy programs such as Extinguish and Nightrider (See Notes to Editor) aimed at supporting vulnerable young people referred to the YIT.

Youth Worker, Rebekah Fewtrell said: "I feel it is important to forge the link between the two services to improve and move forward in providing a holistic service for the young people in dealing with underlying issues and contributing factors, which should in turn help reduce the likelihood of first time offences or reoffending for those who have been convicted before."

If you wish to refer a child or young person at risk from fire setting or vehicle related crime, please contact 08451 22 11 55 and ask for the Youth Intervention Team.