26 September 2016
Every week, criminal firesetting in the UK causes 65 casualties or deaths and costs £42 million (£2.2 billion per year; Arson Prevention Bureau, 2009). Remarkably, no standardised offender treatment programmes have been developed for this common, costly and tragic offence. Responding to this need, the University of Kent have recently developed the first empirically informed comprehensive theory of firestetting and standardised treatment programmes for offenders. The assessment and treatment programmes developed by our researchers now play a central role in the care, sentence planning and parole decisions for firesetters in the UK and Australia.