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.


Interesting opportunity for London–based IROs to participate in a small time-limited working group in relation to the mental health of children and care leavers.

Contact – Ian Lewis – Local Authority Advisor for Children’s Mental Health in London. 

“One of the programmes we are working on currently is improving access and understanding of the mental health needs of children in care and care leavers. I know this is a major concern for many of us.

IROs in the South-East Region worked closely with NHS counterparts to develop a Clinical Guide for Children in Care regarding their mental health. We are very keen to launch the Guide in London but want to undertake a very short piece of work to make it as relevant as possible for staff in London. One of the Assistant Directors has agreed to be part of a small working group to look at the Guide and I will also ask a therapist working with children in care. I am seeking the input of an IRO to be part of the group. I expect the work to be for two short meetings, three at the most, with some reading and comment on the guide in addition.

If you would like to get involved with this group, please email me at ian.lewis3@nhs.net. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Participation and Decision Making
Facilitator: Dr. Clive Diaz
Thursday 28th October:  10am-Midday
This webinar will outline recent research in relation to the participation of children and young people in childcare reviews and child protection conferences. 
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Training for New and Aspiring IROs
Facilitator: Jon Fayle
Friday 10th December: 9.30am-1.30pm
This course will cover all aspects of the role of the IRO.
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The Challenge of Challenge
Facilitator: Jon Fayle
Friday 25th February:  9.30am-1.30pm
The course will explore the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification, along with the legal framework underpinning the IROs power and duty to challenge.
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Further training available from the Westminster Education Forum

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

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