Quarter 1 June 2018 performance
This goal is now measured annually and published at the end of the financial year each March.
For 2017/18, 99 students were referred to Firewise and 75% of cases were closed within 3 months.  Referrals in 2017/18 increased by 94%, which is as a result a proactive campaign to promote awareness of this service.
Young people may play with fire for various reasons, such as a natural curiosity or to seek attention. Without help and guidance fire-setter behaviour can escalate and lead to more serious consequences.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) recognises the importance of addressing fire-setting behaviour amongst children and young people, and it is a core activity within the Service. We have a small team of Firewise Advisors who visit schools, homes or other establishments and work on a one to one level with the child or children involved.
The recognised method of reducing playing with fire and deliberate fire setting amongst children and young people involves early intervention and effective education. By understanding the circumstances that lead young people to start fires, and following some basic fire safety advice, we can reduce the chance of further fires.
Our team can give guidance to parents, carers and professionals who may be concerned about a child or young person playing with fire. Permission of parents/carers is required before any visit is undertaken.
We can also liaise with other organisations that can assist the young people with other needs that they may have. 
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This goal is measured annually and published at end of financial year in March. For 2016/17, 51 students were referred to Firewise and 78% of cases were closed within 3 months.

FireWise is a scheme that attempts to address fire setting behaviour amongst children and young people.

This goal aims to make the young person aware of the implications of playing/setting fires within 6 months and to have educated and influenced them.

For more information on FireWise please visit our website.

To apply contact:

youthinitiative@westsussex.gov.uk

Tel: 01243 752535