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.


BREAKING NEWS

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care – BASW England response 

BASW has issued a full response to the review.

A very heartening section of it refers to the proposal to abolish the IRO service. The relevant section is copied below.

BASW England members have been unequivocal in their opposition to the proposals to weaken the independent reviewing service. The equating of the independent review role with the role of advocates demonstrates a misunderstanding of the two roles. Removing independent reviewing officers (IROs) from all children in care is dangerous. IROs are experienced social workers who scrutinise local authorities’ care and decision-making in respect of individual children and their families. The role was introduced to make sure children and young people in care and their families, have the protection of a powerful and effective reviewing service.

We are deeply disappointed that the unique role of independent advocates has been misunderstood and the Review’s proposals around independent advocacy focus only on children who are entitled to an IRO. Children and young people are legally entitled to advocacy in a multitude of other circumstances, including when they need help to express their views, wishes and feelings during child protection processes, when they are preparing to leave care, and when they are in need and considering making a representation (including a complaint) about any aspect of children’s social care. 


We are in discussions with BASW about how we can collaborate to maximise our impact on this issue.
 
NAIRO

Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
BASW England full response


The detailed response from BASW UK in relation to the Care Review can be accessed here including many important points in relation to IRO proposal (and CP Chairs/Safeguarding).
 

Join Us – National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (nairo.org.uk)

NAIRO will be holding regular zoom meetings with our members to discuss developments and ideas for our campaign.

NAIRO Campaign to oppose abolition of IRO role

Event dates below:

Thursday 25th August 2022 at 9.30 am

Look at measures to strength and improve the IRO service


Wednesday 14th September 2022

For further campaign update


Zoom/Teams link to follow


NAIRO TRAINING – NEW EVENTS ANNOUNCED

Training for New or Aspiring IROs
– 9th September 2022 @ 9.30am–1.00pm
The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer Training for New or Aspiring IROs
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair NAIRO

The Challenge of Challenge
– 7th October 2022 @ 9.30am-1.00pm
Exploration of the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair

Training for New or Aspiring IROs
– 9th December 2022 @ 9.30am-1.00pm
The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer Training for New or Aspiring IROs
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair NAIRO

The Challenge of Challenge
– 20th January 2023 @ 9.30am-1.00pm
Exploration of the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair