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Report from the Arson Control Forum Good Practice conference 2005: this was the second national conference of the Arson Control Forum. The focus this year was on working with young people. A summary of the day's main events, key messages and talking points is outlined here.(Arson Control Forum)

ANDY BAKER SET THE TONE: "We need an intelligent approach to intelligence."

Jim Fitzpatrick put the Forum's work in the context of the national strategy and emphasised that working in partnership is the key to success. He reminded us that the 2004 Crime and Disorder Act empowered agencies and enabled Fire Services to focus on prevention. Now the focus is on working with young people and he cited the remarkable results being delivered by intervention schemes like the London Fire Brigade's LIFE project.

David Harvey explained the significance of [inks between Fire Services, Crime and Disorder Reduction Units and the Youth Justice Board. He set forth the characteristics of typical young offenders and how fire setters may differ. The challenge he put forward: "link up the different agencies, problem solve in partnerships and disseminate best practice."

Jude England shared some early findings from a major study that Ecotec is doing on youth training in the UK and its relationship to the Fire Service. …

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