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.

Current activities

• Consultation and feedback with the IRO network – NAIRO Twitter  and the IRO Google group and webinar events (See breaking news)

• Co – ordination of a National steering group in partnership with the other child care charities young people, the DFE, NAIROMP and the Judiciary.

• Provision of an annual national conference for IROs. The summary of the last national conference is available here (See breaking news)

• Provision of learning and development for IROs – Training and events page

Breaking news

  • NAIRO National Survey for IROs – Nairo is building the knowledge base to find out about the everyday experience of IRO’s across the country. Take part in the short survey and let others know. The survey will close on Sunday 18th October 2020. Click here to take part.

  • NAIRO Virtual drop in for members – Monday 28th September 2020 12.15pm – 1.45pm – Book here

  • Save the date – NAIRO National Conference confirmed for 18.03.2021. This will be held virtually – Watch this space for more information to follow!

  • And finally … a message from the North West London NHS foundation trust that resonates for all of us.


  1. You are not “working or learning from home “, you are “at home in a crisis, trying to work or learn”.
  2. Your personal, physical, mental and emotional health is far more important than anything else right now.
  3. You should not try to compensate for lost productivity by working longer hours.
  4. You will be kind to yourself and not judge how you are coping based on how you see others coping.
  5. You will be kind to others and not judge how they are coping based on how you are coping .
  6.  Your or your Team’s success will not be measured the same way it was when things were normal.

Covid 19 and the IRO Service