Welcome to the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers.


John Kemmis

It is with great sadness that we must let you know that our wonderful friend colleague and patron of NAIRO, John Kemmis passed away last week. His family were by his side.

John had been seriously ill for some time and although his death was not unexpected, it is still a terrible shock and loss.

He has been a great friend and supporter of NAIRO and an amazing champion of childrens rights throughout his working life. We will miss him terribly.

To read more of his life fighting for childrens rights see the links below



Nairo is the professional national Association for independent reviewing officers. We represent the interests of IROs and the children we seek to serve

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

  • strengthening the profile and understanding of the role of the IRO
  • influencing the legal and policy framework for looked after children through our campaigning work and by working with other agencies and partners in the sector
  • developing measures to support IROs and to improve IRO practice
  • commissioning/providing high quality training for IROs

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 us.

Join Us

  • Become part of a supportive “IRO community”
  • Access our online forum where members share ideas
  • Influence law policy and practice
  • Access a library of essential documents for IROs
  • Attend at our annual conference and other events at  reduced fee