The Arson Prevention Program for Children (TAPP-C) was designed to identify, assess and intervene with children and adolescents who engage in inappropriate fire setting behaviour.
This program consists of a mental health assessment to determine the level of risk of the child continuing to be involved in fireplay and subsequently, the development of treatment recommendations aimed at reducing the child’s risk of future involvement in fire setting behaviour. Additionally, clients receive fire safety education provided by the program’s collaborators, Ottawa Fire Services.
Clients are children and adolescents up to the age of 17 who demonstrate a fascination with fire and an interest in matches and lighters. They may also have been involved in fire-related events, including playing with matches, hoarding or using combustible materials, and starting a fire.
Funding for this program is made available from United Way and is a partnership between Ottawa Fire Services and Ottawa Police Services
To refer a child or for additional information on this program, please contact Intake at 613-723-1623, extension 232.