A little-known scheme exists to deter children from fire-setting behaviour.

The Juvenile Fire-setter scheme (JFS) is a free service by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS).

It aims to deter children from becoming involved with fire-setting behaviour and trained advisors can offer help and guidance to young people up to and including 17 years of age.

Signs of fire setting include small burn holes in carpets, charred paper in sinks or bins, matches or lighters in your child's bedroom, school bag or coat, an unusual fascination with fire and unexplained fires in the home.

Advisors work in pairs and can visit children in their homes, at school or a designated place of safety.

Anyone can make a direct referral to the Juvenile Fire-Setter scheme, but an intervention can only take place with the permission of the parent or guardian.

Phone 01376 576022 or email jfs@essex-fire.gov.uk.