Student researcher

Dr Kamarah Pooley Research Leader

This PhD project involves conducting research into Youth Misuse of Fire (YMF) prevention in New South Wales (NSW).  Youth misuse of fire (YMF) is a multifaceted, complex, and covert behaviour which has the potential to cause property damage, injury, or death. It thus represents a substantive community concern. The reduction of YMF relies heavily on preventative initiatives which are increasingly becoming the responsibility of fire and rescue services. In New South Wales (NSW), tertiary prevention of youth misuse of fire is facilitated through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the NSW Department of Juvenile Justice and Fire and Rescue NSW. This MOU provides the framework for firefighter participation in Youth Justice Conferencing convened for young people who have committed a fire-related offence. Despite an increased reliance on this MOU, Youth Justice Conferencing (YJC) for YMF has not been independently empirically evaluated. Instead, the program relies on theoretical constructs and generalisations to justify its capacity to target and reduce misuse of fire by young people. Where public policy formulation requires an evidence-base on which to inform program development and modification, this reliance on theory alone exists in stark contrast to best practice. To fill this void within existing literature, an empirical evaluation of YJC for YMF in NSW will be conducted. Informed by a broad post-positivist approach, strategic, metric, and methodological triangulation will be utilised to conduct a comprehensive evaluation which overcomes many of the limitations identified within existing studies. A theory approach logic model will provide the framework for the evaluation to ensure that the program’s context, theoretical constructs, factors, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact are examined. Findings will contribute significantly to existing literature and the formulation of policy and practice, on a macro and micro level.

Year Type Citation
2020 Journal Article Pooley, K. The effect of firefighter-delivered fire safety education on young people who misuse fire. Fire Safety Journal (2020). doi:
2018 Journal Article Pooley, K. Firefighter involvement in Youth Justice Conferencing: Implications for fire prevention. Fire Safety Journal 102, 59-65 (2018).
2018 Thesis Pooley, K. An evaluation of youth justice conferencing for youth misuse of fire. (2018). doi:10.5204/thesis.eprints.116520
2017 Conference Paper Rumsewicz, M. Research proceedings from the 2017 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and AFAC Conference. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC annual conference 2017 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Conference Paper Pooley, K. Youth justice conferencing for youth misuse of fire: a case study of collaboration. AFAC17 (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, 2017).
2017 Journal Article Pooley, K. “Since I went to the conference… I have really thought just how bad lighting fires are”: diversionary conferencing for youth misuse of fire. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 19, 122-135 (2017).
2017 Journal Article Pooley, K. Youth Justice Conferencing for youth misuse of fire: a child-centred disaster risk reduction mechanism. Australian Journal of Emergency Management 32, (2017).
2015 Journal Article Pooley, K. & Ferguson, C. Using environmental criminology theories to compare ‘youth misuse of fire’ across age groups in New South Wales. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology 50, 100-102 (2015).
Kamarah Pooley Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
(How) do interagency agreements between juvenile justice and fire and rescue services facilitate youth misuse...
An evaluation of youth justice conferencing for youth misuse of fire
29 Jun 2017
This evaluation revealed that firefighter involvement in Youth Justice Conferencing:Facilitates the provision...