Welcome to the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers.

NAIRO is the National Association for Independent Reviewing Officers. It is a registered charity with the Charity Commission, Number 1159275 registered on 19.11.2014.

NAIRO is a membership organisation for IRO practitioners. Membership is also available for others who have an interest in the role and who support and work towards NAIRO’s aims. This includes IRO managers, practitioners and academics from across the sector who are working and involved with children and young people in care.

Our aims are to improve outcomes for children and young people who are looked after in England and Wales be maximising the positive impact of the reviewing process.

We do this through:

• Working in partnership with other child care organisations to strengthen the profile and role of the IRO.

• Developing measures to support IROs and improve practice.


NAIRO takes part in the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign.

Nairo will join the week of action along with other charities Article 39, Become, The Care Leavers’ Association, CRAE, NAIRO and Together Trust commencing on 3 September. The purpose is to raise awareness and generate feedback in relation to legislative changes which create a two – tier system for care leavers.
See more details here

Relevant training for IROs
Westminster Education Forum policy conference
The future of the children’s social care system in England
Thursday, 30th September 2021, 9am – 1pm
Click here for further details and to book online

Further training available from the Westminster Education Forum  that may be relevant for IROs

Conference Tuesday 11 January 2022

Key priorities for education recovery in the wake of COVID-19 – raising attainment, student catch up, and improving social mobility

Book Online 

NAIRO has joined the consortium of organisations in signing the letter to Gavin Williamson Education Secretary concerning the plight of unaccompanied children arriving in Kent.
Please see coverage below:
Letter and signatories
The Times
The Guardian

Research report about the post pandemic recovery plan for the family courts published by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO)
More than 3,200 people responded to the consultation.
Remote hearings in the family court post-pandemic | Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (nuffieldfjo.org.uk)

Representatives of NAIRO participated in a further discussion with members of the Care Review team on 9th July.
The PPT slides which were produced by the DFE team to summarise the work undertaken to date will be shared with NAIRO members when they are available.

The impact of the pandemic for care leavers
The research team at the University of Bedfordshire have published a briefing paper summarising the initial stage of their research about the impact that Covid 19 has had for care leavers.
The Key messages were :-
Care leavers are resilient (but still need support)
• Reduced bureaucracy and prioritisation of strategies to promote positive wellbeing
• Creative and tailored approaches to keeping in touch
• ‘It’s not just digital poverty [it’s] actual poverty
• Mental health and the widening ‘care gap’
• Housing: winners and losers
• Moving beyond age-related transitions
• Shortages of suitable accommodation
• Acknowledgement of the importance of bridging the ‘digital divide’
• Varied experiences of online learning
• Celebrating practice
Click link here to download research briefing

Care Review – Case for Change
First report of the independent review of Children’s Social Care.

The review team have published the first report which summarises their findings to date in regard to the matters to be addressed.
The report poses a number of questions for consideration and consultation. You can see the two versions of the Case for Change here

NAIRO 10th Annual Conference
The report from the 10th NAIRO conference is now available in the members area of the website. It includes the details of the members poll about the future of the IRO service. A short report containing general messages from the conference can be found here.