The Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Specialist Treatment Programme for Criminal Firesetters

Lead Research Organisation: University of Kent
Department Name: Sch of Psychology

Abstract

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Description Summary of findings

Stage 1
Treatment Needs. Significant differences were found between male firesetter and non-firesetter offenders on questionnaires designed to assess characteristics associated with firesetting (i.e., treatment needs). This suggested that firesetters are a unique group of offenders likely to benefit from specialist treatment (see Journal Article Output; Male Imprisoned Firesetters). Most significantly, firesetters reported a higher level of interest in serious fires, were more likely to normalise fire and also to identify with fire. Firesetters were also more likely to engage in anger-related rumination, hold lower levels of self-esteem, and indicated poorer fire safety awareness. An examination of mental health and personality characteristics showed that Borderline personality traits best predicted firesetting.

Firesetter Types. Three natural subgroups of firesetters who share similar treatment needs emerged: (1) Multifaced firesetters (who endorse criminal attitudes and hold an interest in fire), (2) Grievance firesetters (who ruminate and set fires to gain revenge), and (3) Emotional firesetters (who endorse high levels of emotional isolation and mental disorder).

PhD Thesis. A qualitative evaluation examining the offence narratives of a subgroup of the firesetters resulted in the development of a new model describing how the offence process unfolds for imprisoned male firesetters.

Stage 2
Using the Stage 1 research findings, a specialist Treatment Programme was developed and implemented with male firesetters in prisons (i.e., the Firesetting Intervention Programme for Prisoners; FIPP). In Stage 2 of the research, we examined each firesetter's deficits before entering the programme using the Stage 1 questionnaire measures, and assessed improvements on these deficits post treatment. We found that firesetters receiving specialist treatment provided as part of the project made a number of improvements in deficits associated with firesetting behaviour (e.g., improved fire safety knowledge) relative to control firesetters who did not attend specialist treatment. Most importantly, the gains made by firesetters within treatment were maintained 3 to 4 months following programme completion. Consistent with Stage 1 of the research, this supports the proposal that male firesetters are a unique group of offenders who require and benefit from specialist treatment.

Unanticipated Project Outputs
Five unanticipated project outputs were generated. First, from a detailed literature review we generated the first comprehensive theory of firesetting behaviour (see Journal Article Output; M-TTAF). Second, a theory of firesetting cognition was developed (see Journal Article Output; Implicit Theories). Both are now widely promoted for practitioner use when assessing and treating firesetters. Third, we were unexpectedly granted authorisation to access female offenders allowing us to replicate Stage 1 of the research with females. This led to the very first controlled study of female firesetters' treatment needs illustrating that they hold high levels of emotional problems rather than problems with fire per se. Fifth, we developed a new and advanced method of assessing fire interest and fire-related factors through a combination of established and newly developed scales. Finally, as a result of our collaboration with the NHS we developed a model describing the offence process for mentally disordered male and female firesetters (see Journal Article Output; Mentally Disordered Firesetters).
Exploitation Route There are a number of potential economic and societal impacts anticipated in relation to this project. In the UK, our specialist firesetting programme is already being used by a number of forensic hospitals and prisons (see Impact Summary). We anticipate that the firesetting treatment programme developed as part of the project will become adopted by further hospitals and prisons in the UK (i.e., within private and NHS hospitals and in prison healthcare departments). In order to ensure this, we will be using the outcomes of this grant to apply for a randomised clinical trial of the treatment we have developed.

Given the lack of specific treatment provision available for individuals who set fires, we anticipate that use of a new empirically tested treatment programme will increase the effectiveness of public and privately operated forensic services. We anticipate that the programme will enable men and women who have set fires to be released into the community at a reduced rate of reoffending limiting the threat to life and the UK economy caused by firesetting as well as re-arrests and associated costs related to re-admission to hospitals or prisons. Internationally, we anticipate that the research associated with the project will play an important role in shaping the assessment and treatment practices of practitioners worldwide. Our research has shown that offenders who set fires are a unique group of offenders who benefit from specialist treatment. Previously, policy makers and practitioners internationally had not established any particular assessment or treatment protocols for firesetting offenders due to the lack of research in this area. We anticipate that the models and research generated from this project will inform the policy and practice procedures of correctional and healthcare establishments worldwide.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Healthcare

 
Description Summary Previous to this project, there was no understanding of the treatment needs of deliberate firesetters and no standardised treatment programme for this common yet costly and tragic offence. The theory and research outcomes generated from our project have been used to design the first standardised treatment programmes for firesetters. Already the research is being used across the UK and Australia in the training, assessment, and treatment practices of clinical professionals who work with adult firesetters. As a result, enhanced specialised treatment of firesetters is being provided in secure establishments and community settings for the first time. Furthermore, the assessment and treatment programmes developed by the researchers now play a central role in the care, sentence planning, and parole decisions of firesetters in the UK. Consequently, this research formed one of the highly rated REF 2014 impact cases; facilitating the prestige and reputation of the ESRC and the University of Kent. The Fire Intervention Programme in Mental Health Hospitals: Within both private and NHS secure hospitals, the specialist fire intervention programme is being utilised by psychologists, assistant psychologists and multidisciplinary professionals who have been specifically trained by the research team using a training package derived from the research. The specialist fire intervention programme is being implemented across 15 establishments run by 14 NHS or private health care trusts nationally. To date, 65 patients who have set fires have been treated using the programme and a similar number of patients who have set fires (but not received the programme) have acted as 'controls'. Professionals implementing the fire programme within these establishments have verified that the programme has developed a new care pathway for deliberate firesetters that did not exist previously; providing increased confidence to professionals working with this group, and improving overall treatment provision for this client group. For example, patients receiving the new specialist treatment are more likely to be offered residential accommodation in the community due to a reduction in their risk of setting fires. This means that their quality of life and ability to reintegrate into the community is improved as a result of our new specialist intervention. The Fire Intervention Programme in Prisons: Within HM Prison Service, the specialist fire intervention programme has been utilised by psychologists and assistant psychologists across four prison establishments in the South of England. All psychologists have been trained in full by the research team using a training package derived from the team's research and theory. Notably, prisoner transfers have taken place since January 2013 from prisons nationally to two target prisons to ensure that firesetters are having their particular needs met. To date, a total of 131 prisoners have been referred for specialist treatment, and 69 prisoners have received specialist treatment. Professionals from the establishments who have implemented the specialist treatment have verified that this treatment has played a key role in sentence planning and parole board hearings for firesetting prisoners and has met a need not previously met by existing HM Prison Service treatment programmes. In addition to the specialist assessment and treatment programmes that were developed from the grant and are currently being utilised, the theory and research produced by the grant has been used by practitioner professionals both nationally and internationally in other assessment and intervention initiatives. For example, in Australia, Fritzon and colleagues (2013) have developed a treatment manual for individualized intervention with firesetters in the Australian community. The implementation of the intervention has just begun. Most notably, treatment provision within this intervention is planned according to the theory and research developed from this grant. Furthermore, within the prison service and private practice in the UK, psychologists are also using the theory developed as part of the project (i.e., the M-TTAF) as an empirically informed guide to undertake risk assessments with deliberate firesetters. There are currently no validated risk assessments for use with firesetters and so in the absence of such a tool, professionals are using the theory in a clinically structured manner to develop their knowledge of this client group and to guide appropriate questioning for risk assessment purposes. Building on this Impact Finally, in order to secure longstanding impact, we will be using the outcomes of this grant to apply for a randomised clinical trial of the treatment we have developed. We have established the effectiveness of our treatment in a non-randomised design. However, establishing effectiveness in a randomised control trial will ensure that the programme takes centre stage within corrections and healthcare worldwide.
First Year Of Impact 2012
Sector Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Influence on Firesetting Practice
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
Impact The ESRC-funded theory, assessment, and treatment protocols developed by the researchers now play a central role in the care, sentence planning, and discharge and parole decisions of over 150 UK firesetters. Furthermore, 400 multidisciplinary staff have been trained to treat firesetters meaning even more firesetters will receive treatment in the future. Professionals implementing our programme have verified that it has met a previously unmet need, played a key role in care/sentence planning, and improved confidence to work with firesetters.
 
Description Further Funding Gained - NHS
Amount £24,748 (GBP)
Funding ID 360 1987 
Organisation Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2014 
End 03/2015
 
Description Further Funding Gained - University of Kent Faculty Grant
Amount £4,202 (GBP)
Funding ID 360 42028 
Organisation University of Kent 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2014 
End 01/2015
 
Description Collaboration with Dr Emma Alleyne - University of Kent 
Organisation University of Kent
Department Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As a result of the research project expanding significantly to examine female firesetters, the Principle Investigator developed a strong research collaboration with Dr Emma Alleyne within the area of female firesetting.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Collaboration with Fabtic 
Organisation Fabtic
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We provide expertise to Fabtic. Fabtic train fire services nationally on how to deal with child and adolescent firesetters
Collaborator Contribution Fabtic work with us to develop our impact with the fire service nationally
Impact Training workshops delivered by Fabtic to fire services nationally all cite our ESRC funded work with fire setters
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with HMP Low Newton 
Organisation HM Prison Service
Department HMP Low Newton
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We have trained the staff here to provide our ESRC funded firesetting programme to female prisoners
Collaborator Contribution HMP Low Newton have provided the staff to deliver our new programme and expand it's usage with female prisoners
Impact An internal newsletter report within the Prison Service.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Collaboration with Kent Fire and Rescue Services 
Organisation Kent Fire and Rescue Services
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Partnership collaboration with Kent Fire and Rescue Services to initiate professionally informed treatment and after-care for criminal firesetters
Start Year 2011
 
Description Collaboration with Kent and Medway Social Care and Partnership Trust (KMPT) 
Organisation Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Partnership collaboration with Kent and Medway Social Care and Partnership Trust (KMPT) to initiate a multi-site study examining specialist treatment for mentally disordered firesetting (see associated funding outcome).
Start Year 2011
 
Description Collaboration with National Offender Management Service (NOMS) 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department National Offender Management Service
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Partnership collaboration with National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to develop and approve the initial specialist treatment for imprisoned firesetters.
Start Year 2010
 
Description Collaboration with Professor Geoff Dickens - St Andrews Healthcare 
Organisation St. Andrew's Healthcare
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As a result of the research project expanding significantly to examine mentally disordered firesetters, the Principle Investigator developed a strong research collaboration with Professor Geoff Dickens within the area of mentally disordered firesetting.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Collaboration with the Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART) 
Organisation Bond University
Department Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART)
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As a result of the research funding a collaboration has developed between the Centre of Research and Education in Forensic Psychology at the University of Kent and the Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART), Bond University, Australia.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Dissemination - Inaugural Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An Inaugural Lecture was given to the public and academics about the Principle Investigator's research which incorporated key findings associated with the grant. This lecture promoted many questions and discussion from individuals in the community who were previously unaware that firesetting individuals could be treated.

Members of the community who attended this talk requested information on how they could engage more with forensic psychology at the University of Kent. The University of Kent then set up an evening school in forensic psychology for members of the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination - Keynote Address Lecture 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An Invited Keynote Address Lecture was given to academics and practitioners about the Principle Investigator's research (including key research associated with the grant) at the European Association of Psychology and Law annual conference. This talk created a lot of discussion throughout the conference.

After this talk, I received numerous e-mail requests asking me to deliver training/ and or talk about firesetting at other events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination - Keynote Address Lecture 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An Invited Keynote Address Lecture was given to academics and practitioners about the key theory, research, and practice developed as a result of the grant at the British Psychological Society's Division of Forensic Psychology annual conference. This talk promoted research discussions and questions amongst the audience.

From this talk I was invited by the various professionals to provide training and support for individuals working in practice with firesetting populations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination - Postgraduate Lectures 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Three lectures have been given to postgraduate Forensic MSc students which outline the key theory, research, and practice outcomes associated with the grant.

After these lectures, I have been approached by students who want to study this topic for their dissertation project or PhD thesis. Students noted that they had not considered researching this topic prior to receiving my lecture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012,2013,2014
 
Description Dissemination - Workshop Commissioned by the Scottish British Psychological Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As a result of the project, we were invited by the Scottish British Psychology Society to provide training to practitioners at all differing levels regarding the assessment and treatment of firesetting offenders. As part of this training provided to practitioners across Scotland and the North of England, we disseminated the results of Stage 1 of our research and the preliminary results of Stage 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dissemination - Workshop for Practitioners 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As a result of the project, we were asked by a number of practitioners and policy makers to set up training to practitioners at all differing levels regarding the assessment and treatment of firesetting offenders. We conducted this training at the University of Kent and advertised it internationally and nationally. As part of this training provided to practitioners who attended from Europe and the UK, we disseminated the results of Stage 1 of our research and the preliminary results of Stage 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - Division of Forensic Psychology Conference (BPS) - Portsmouth 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A research talk was given to academics and practitioners about the offence supportive cognition of firesetters based on the new theory developed as part of the grant. This talk led to a great deal of discussion amongst attendees.

Following this talk a number of conference delegates and their associates e-mailed us requesting further information about our research. We are also aware that some students began research in this area following this talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - Division of Forensic Psychology Conference (BPS) - Portsmouth 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A research talk was given to academics and practitioners about the overarching theory of firesetting developed as part of the grant. This talk was extremely popular and generated a great deal of discussion amongst the audience.

Following this talk, a number of requests were received via e-mail for the article outlining the theory developed as part of the grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - ESRC Internships: Past Student Experiences 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A research talk was given to first year post graduate students about the offence chain for firesetters developed as part of the PhD associated with the grant. This talk stimulated discussion amongst first year students of the possibilities available to them in relation to research methodology.

Following this talk, a number of post graduate students who attended the talk stated that the talk had made them think about their own work in a critically evaluative way.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - European Association of Psychology and Law - Cyprus 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A research talk was given to academics and practitioners about the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting developed as part of the grant. Many individuals discussed the new theory in great detail following this presentation.

Following this talk I received a number of requests for this theoretical article over e-mail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - European Association of Psychology and Law - Cyprus 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A research talk was given to academics and practitioners about the treatment needs of adult male firesetters based on the research findings of the grant.

Following this talk I received a number of requests for this empiricle article over e-mail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - European Association of Psychology and Law - Cyprus 3 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A research talk was given to academics and practitioners about the treatment needs of adult female firesetters based on the research findings of the grant.

Following this talk I received a number of requests for associated research papers over e-mail.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dissemination Lecture - Post Graduate Research Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact A research talk was given to academics and postgraduate students about the Descriptive Model of the Offence Chain for Adult Male Firesetters developed as part of the PhD studentship associated with the grant. This talk generated a lot of student discussion on the benefits of conducting qualitative work with offending populations.

Following this talk, a number of postgraduate students expressed interest in learning more about qualitative research methods for their own post graduate work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Dissemination- Workshop Commissioned by the British Psychological Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact As a result of the project, we were invited by the British Psychology Society to provide training to practitioners at all differing levels regarding the assessment and treatment of firesetting offenders. As part of this training provided to practitioners across the UK, we disseminated the results of Stage 1 of our research and the preliminary results of Stage 2.

As part of this training provided to practitioners across the UK, we disseminated the results of Stage 1 of our research and the preliminary results of Stage 2.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Seminar - Home Office Crime Policing and Analysis Unit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/parliamentarians
Results and Impact A research talk was given to staff within the Crime Policing and Analysis Unit about the PhD student's development of an offence chain model for adult male firesetters as part of her Internship (see Impact).

After this talk, staff within the Crime and Policing and Analysis Unit asked for the PhD Student's input on research projects utilising qualitative expertise.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Seminar Overseas - Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact An invited seminar outlining the grant research was given to staff and postgraduate students at the Psychology Department, Bond University, Australia.

After my seminar I received numerous requests for the research outcomes and publications associated with this grant from academics, students and practitioners in Australia and New Zealand.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Seminar Overseas - New Zealand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact An invited seminar outlining the grant research was given to staff and postgraduate students at the Psychology Department, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Following this seminar, staff conversed with me about how my talk had changed their preconceptions about men who set fires. I also received various requests by e-mail from leading academics for the outputs and publications associated with the grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Seminar UK - University of Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A talk was given at the University of Birmingham regarding the Stage 1 findings of the project. This talk generated a great deal of discussion amongst attendees.

Following this talk, we were informed that a higher than normal amount of students wanted to study the topic of firesetting. We also received requests for further information about the research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Invited Seminar UK - University of Coventry 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact A talk was given at the University of Coventry regarding the Stage 1 findings of the project. This talk led to a number of key discussions being generated.

After this talk, a number of requests were made via e-mail for further information about the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Invited Workshop - Prison 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited workshop outlining the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (M-TTAF) developed from the grant and the results of the research with female firesetters was given to practitioners at New Hall Prison, UK.

Following this workshop, HMP New Hall asked if they could receive an adapted version of our Firesetting Intervention for use with Prisoners within New Hall Prison. This is currently being taken forward.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Invited Workshop Overseas - Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited workshop outlining the Multi-Trajectory Theory of Adult Firesetting (M-TTAF) developed from the grant was given to practitioners at the Psychology Department, Bond University, Australia.

This workshop was provided for practitioners who were directly working with firesetters in Australia. Following my talk, many of the practitioners later reported using the theoretical concepts and outcomes of the grant in their treatment of firesetting behaviour.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Media Dissemination - BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited expert commentary for 'All in the Mind' on the topic of arsonists. Invited commentary on arsonists and the preliminary results of the first stage of the grant research (i.e., the treatment needs of fire setters or arsonists). This interview was broadcast twice (once on 12/07/2011 and once on 13/07/2011).



[see http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fdwn/All_in_the_Mind_Arson_Parenting_Courses_Autism/].

Invited commentary on arsonists and the preliminary results of the first stage of the grant research (i.e., the treatment needs of fire setters or arsonists). This interview was broadcast twice (once on 12/07/2011 and once on 13/07/2011).



[see http
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fdwn/All_in_the_Mind_Arson_Parenting_Courses_Autism
 
Description Media Dissemination - BBC Radio Kent 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited live radio commentary on the grant award and the development of a specialist treatment programme for fire setters. Invited live commentary on the grant award and the development of a specialist treatment programme for fire setters.

Invited live commentary on the grant award and the development of a specialist treatment programme for fire setters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Media Dissemination - Kent on Sunday [print] 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Commentary over grant award and the development of a specialist treatment programme for firesetters. I provided commentary on the ESRC grant, and the development of a specialist treatment programme for firesetters.



[see http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/forensics_expert_given_163560k_to_help_arsonists_1_1065756].

I provided commentary on the ESRC grant, and the development of a specialist treatment programme for firesetters.



[see http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/forensics_expert_given_163560k_to_help_arsonists_1_1065756].
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.kentnews.co.uk/news/forensics_expert_given_163560k_to_help_arsonists_1_1065756
 
Description Media Dissemination - Scope (print) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited commentary on the grant and the development of specialist treatment for firesetters. Invited commentary on the characteristics of arsonists, the grant award, and the development of a specialist treatment programme for firesetters. The outlet is 'Scope' which focusses on articles with a medical focus and is available online via blog and in print.



[see http://medscope.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/burning-question.html].

Invited commentary on the characteristics of arsonists, the grant award, and the development of a specialist treatment programme for firesetters. The outlet is 'Scope' which focusses on articles with a medical focus and is available online via blog and in
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://medscope.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/burning-question.html
 
Description Media Dissemination - Wales Online 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I made comment to a Welsh Newspaper about problems they are experiencing in Wales with spate firesetting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/bored-thrill-seeking-teenage-boys---9085291
 
Description Media Dissemination BBC Radio 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I was interviewed about the outcomes of the ESRC grant and asked to describe the new treatment programme that we developed for firesetters as a result of this grant.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06mfwcv
 
Description Open Days for MSc Students 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? Yes
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The results of the grant have been disseminated at all open days for MSc students applying to undertake forensic psychology since January 2012. All open days for students applying to undertake the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent involve an introductory talk. Since January 2012, these talks have all included information on the grant outcomes regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of specialist treatment for firesetters. Approximately 150 potential post graduate students have received this research information to date.

All open days for students applying to undertake the MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent involve an introductory talk. Since January 2012, these talks have all included information on the grant outcomes regarding the development, implementation and evaluat
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012