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

Launch of the Public Law Working Group’s Final Report 

Practitioners and professionals working in the English and Welsh family justice systems are invited to join a free online event to mark the publication of the final report of the President of the Family Division’s Public Law Working Group (PLWG).

The event will be held via Zoom, 10.30am – 12pm on Tuesday 9 March 2021.   Click here for further details

Family Justice Council Seminars and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture
Adoption in the 21st Century
Monday 1st to Thursday 4th March 2021
5.00pm to 6.30pm
To be hosted on MS Teams

Click here for further details

Invite to free event: Last Speech of the current Children’s Commissioner 
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Time: 10:30am
Where: Online webinar Find out more and sign up
For further details on the event, click here

Further to the recent survey of members, we are pleased to let you know about NAIRO’s learning and development programme for 2021.
Please click here for further details about the three training courses we will be running in the new year including:

  • Participation and Decision Making
  • New and aspiring IROs
  • The Challenge of Challenge

If you require further details, please email info@nairo.org.uk

  • NAIRO 10th Annual Conference – Bookings Now Open!
    Bookings are now open for NAIRO’s 10th Annual Conference
    18th March 2021
    9.30am – 1.30pm
    Click here for more details and to book
  • Update to the information about New NAIRO Survey.
    Take part in Nairo’s new survey about the impact of COVID-19 for contact and family time for children and young people in care. This is NAIRO’s latest survey to gauge aspects of the practice experience of IROs. It is a short survey and you can take part here. The results will be available early in the New Year. We had a high response to our previous survey. You can read a summary of key findings on our website here and NAIRO members can find the full results in the membership area here

Current activities

Taking the role of the IRO forward – NAIRO convenes Multi – Agency Steering Group

Further to the multi- agency consultation that Nairo convened in September 2019 with the DFE , Nairo has been able to co- ordinate a steering group to take matters forward . The membership of the steering group includes representatives from DFE, Ofsted, ADCS, NAIRO, Cafcass, LGA ( Local Government Association) NIROMP, and the Judiciary . The overall aim of the group is to identify difficulties (and strengths to build on) of the IRO service, and to propose remedies. The work of the group has been divided into three areas:
• Enhancing the strategic impact of IROs within local authorities ( this will include discussion of options for different location of the service)
• IRO’s and the courts
• Managing and supporting IRO teams.

Nairo is preparing a report for the government promised Care Review, about the IRO service and measures to improve it.

Click here to view the draft improvement report in the members area.

Covid 19 and the IRO Service