Statewide List of Mobile Crisis Teams
- The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership, www.masspartnership.com keeps a current list of Emergency Service Providers (ESP)
- Click here for the Emergency Service Providers (ESP)
Department of Children and Family Services
(formerly the Department of Social Services)
- *Posted on the Oregon State Police - Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal, Hot Issues website .
"Children Playing With Fire" research article on the NFPA website as follows:
- Go to: www.nfpa.org then Quick Links >> Fact Sheets & Safety Tips >> Children and fire >> Reports and statistics
Arson Clearance Rates Statistics
- Article from Fire Engineering
- CBS News footage
- ATF U.S. Bomb Center
- Links to the 2008 Uniform Crime Report, published by the FBI
Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Training:
JFIS I teaches students to conduct an interview with firesetters and their families and provides an overview on the issue of juvenile firesetting, who these children are, and effective intervention strategies. Based on the NFPA 1035 Standard - Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Specialist I.
JFIS II develops skills in interviewing and assessment of juvenile firesetters, program development, implementation and evaluation. It covers identification and intake, coalition building support and management, budget and funding, keeping a database, and program evaluation. Based on the NFPA 1035 Standard - Juvenile Firesetting Intervention Specialist II.
The 7th annual Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference will be held on May 9, 2013. For registration or schedule May 9, 2013- 7th Annual Northeast Juvenile Firesetting Conference, information http://www.brandonschool.org/pathways/
Children Playing With Fire
Each year, many fires are started by children ages 3-7 who are merely curious about fire. From 2008 through 2012, there were 747 juvenile-set fires reported in Massachusetts. These fires caused four civilian deaths, 38 civilian injuries and 20 firefighter injuries and an estimated dollar loss of $8.2 million. Over half, 53%, of these fires were started by children playing with matches and lighters.
Juvenile firesetting intervention programs tell us that this number is far below the real number of fires set by juveniles. Children tell us that they set many "small" or other fires before the fire that brings them to the attention of authorities.
Whether a child is merely curious about fire, making a cry for help or engaging in delinquent behavior, it is extremely dangerous for children to play with fire. Children who play with fire can be helped, but they must receive the right kind of help. It is not a phase that they will grow out of, it is not a matter of boys being boys or yelling at them or burning their fingers or other such methods. The reason a child plays with fire must be addressed. Each child must be evaluated and given the correct intervention treatment program. Treatment programs vary, typically containing one or more of the following components: education, psychological treatment or community service.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect in Massachusetts
Fire Fighters and Police officers are mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect by statute ( Massachusetts General Law CH 119-section 51A). Often times, in the performance of their duties they are called on to suppress or investigate fires that involve children who have been victimized by these fires. On some occasions, these children have caused the fires. If as a mandated reporter, you have questions about what constitutes abuse or neglect of children or your responsibilities as a mandated reporter-please go to the Department of Social Services Website.
To report possible child abuse or neglect in Massachusetts, you must first file an oral report by calling the Child-at-Risk Hotline at 1-800-792-5200 to notify the appropriate area office of the Department of Social Services(DSS). Even if you complete the 51A Report Form, you must also first phone DSS directly or the Child-at-Risk Hotline. For information on how to report child abuse and neglect outside of Massachusetts, please call the National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD.
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