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About Us

This is the website of the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (
NAIRO). NAIRO is the professional association for Independent Reviewing Officers. We were established in March 2009. Since then we have grown rapidly and in autumn 2014 decided to apply for charitable status. We are now a registered charity. (charity number 1159275)

NAIRO is a membership organisation. Full membership is open to all working IROs. Associate membership is available to any person who supports our aims and objectives.
The Role of the IRO

There are about 75,000 children in care in England and Wales. Each of them has a care plan, which must be reviewed on a periodic basis by an independent person. That independent person is an Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO). The IRO must scrutinise the local authority’s care plan for the child and listen carefully to the views of the child and others about the plan. They must challenge the local authority if they believe the plan is not in the best interests of the child.

IROs clearly have an enormous potential to promote the welfare of children in care.
Our Aims

The primary aim of NAIRO is to improve outcomes for looked after children in England and Wales by maximising the positive impact of the reviewing process. The ways that we will do this will include:

> strengthening the profile and understanding of the role of the IRO
> influencing the legal and policy framework for looked after children
> developing measures to support IROs and improve practice
> developing/commissioning high quality training for IROs




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Information for Young People
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Raising Practice Standards

NAIRO has developed a toolkit containing various measures, which should help raise the IRO standards of practice. We can offer training in the new use of these measures. We can also visit Local Authorities to review IRO services against these measures if requested.

Training

NAIRO is developing a training programme for new and experienced IROs. See News and Events for details. Please contact us at training@nairo.org.uk with ideas for topics you would like to be in the programme, or if you would like to be a trainer for NAIRO.

News & Events

Section 20 & 2015 Guidance on Returning Home to Parents

This event is to be held in central London:
At:  Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP
Date:  Thursday 25th May 2017
Time:  9.30am to 4.00pm
Price:  £99.00 Members and £140.00 Non-Members
Lead Trainer:  Professor June Thoburn and Jon Fayle
For further information, please email

training(_AT_)nairo.org.uk?subject=Section%2020%20%26%202015%20Guidance%20on%20Returning%20Home%20to%20Parents

To book and pay online, please click this link

Care Planning Report Writing and Statement Writing

This event is to be held in Gloucester:
At: Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel
Date: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Time: 9.30am to 4.00pm
Price: £99.00 Members and £140.00 Non-Members
Lead Trainer:  Maggie Sivitier
For further information, please email

training(_AT_)nairo.org.uk?subject=Care%20Planning%20Report%20Writing%20and%20Statement%20Writing

Understanding Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
 
This event is to be held in central London:
At:  The LIFT, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW
Date:  Thursday 14th September 2017
Time:  10.00am to 4.00pm
Price:  £99.00 Members and £140.00 Non-Members
Lead Trainer:  Martin Clarke
For further information, please email

training(_AT_)nairo.org.uk?subject=Understanding%20Foetal%20Alcohol%20Spectrum%20Disorder

Mental Health Awareness for IROs
 
This event is to be held in central London:
At:  The LIFT, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW
Date:  Thursday 21st September 2017
Time:  9.30am to 4.00pm
Price:  £99.00 Members and £140.00 Non-Members
Lead Trainer:  Professor Panos Vostanis
For further information, please email

training(_AT_)nairo.org.uk?subject=Mental%20Health%20Awareness%20for%20IROs

Training Day for New and Aspiring IROs [London]

This event is to be held in central London:
At:  The LIFT, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW
Date:  Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Time:  9.30am to 4.00pm
Price:  £99.00 Members and £140.00 Non-Members
Lead Trainer: To be confirmed
For further information, please email

training(_AT_)nairo.org.uk?subject=Training%20Day%20for%20New%20and%20Aspiring%20IROs%20%5BLondon%5D

Save the Date: NAIRO's 7th Annual Conference 2017
Date: Thursday 19th October 2017
More details to follow...

Save the Date: NAIRO's Annual General Meeting [AGM] 2018
Date: Friday 16th March 2018
More details to follow...

Feedback from launch of Ofsted Social Care Report:
Mark Waddington, NAIRO Trustee June 2016
Click here to read feedback report

NAIRO Launches IRO Toolkit
Visit our News and Events Page to read press release…

IROs choose to remain based within councils
Visit our News and Events Page to read more…

NAIRO members vote to stay in Local Authorities, but want greater independence
Visit our News and Events Page to read more…

NAIRO Annual Subscription is now £30.00
Visit our Membership Page for further information.

 

NAIRO is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that registered with the Charity Commission on 19th November 2014. Charity No: 1159275
NAIRO is governed by a Board of 12 Trustees who are elected annually to the membership.
To find out more about becoming a Trustee of NAIRO or helping the work of the organisation in any please contact info@nairo.org.uk
Our aim is to give all young people in care a voice.
Maggie Duggins, Chair of NAIRO

To contact NAIRO please email us at info@nairo.org.uk

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