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

On behalf of Mr Justice Mostyn and with the agreement of the President, you are invited to read the announcement below regarding changes to the standard orders which implement amendments to Public Law orders.

NAIRO submits report to the Social Care Review

NAIRO has released a report for the government review of children’s social care. Here is a link to the report. The report argues that the role of the IRO is essential to protect the rights and welfare of children in care and makes robust recommendations for the strengthening and improvement of the service. In particular, the report makes recommendations for improving the strategic influence of the service developing and protecting its independence, and strengthening the capacity for effective challenge when this is needed

Although we have serious misgivings about the way the review has been set up, we will engage constructively with it and hope to influence it in a way that promotes the welfare and improves outcomes for children in care.


Are you aware that there are only 90 days left in which time children, young people and adults who are E.U nationals can apply for their settled status?

Applications must be submitted by 30 June.

This affects many children and young people who are looked after as well as many children and families living in the community.

Click here to see helpful information and resources.

New publications that are relevant for IROs

  • Publication of the President’s Public Law Working Group (PLWG) report. Click here to view
  • Consultation by the Nuffield Observatory concerning the supervision orders and their use in care proceedings . The consultation closes on March 8th and is interested to  hear from parents, family members and professionals who have been involved in care proceedings in the last six years where a supervision order was made.  You can access a link to the consultation  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

  • 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