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.


NAIRO To Recruit New Trustees To The Board

Nairo is seeking to recruit new trustees to the board with a view to appointment by the time of the AGM on 29 April 2022. Nairo’s constitution states that trustees should be NAIRO members and that the majority should be IROs. Trustees need to be able to commit at least 2 hours a week and have some weekday availability.

If you are interested in applying for a role as a trustee, please see the Information For Potential Trustees.

The current trustees are planning to organise an information session on Zoom on 4.2 2022 between 9.30 and 11.30. This may be of interest to IROs who might like to know more about what is involved.

In the meantime, applications of interest can be sent to info@nairo.org.uk and we will send further information.


A new report that is of relevance to all IROs  OUT OF HARM’S WAY 

Published December 2021 by the commission for young lives under the leadership of Anne Longfield the former Children’s Commissioner. It argues for a new care system to protect vulnerable teenagers at risk of exploitation and crime.


Morning, Monday, 24th January 2022

Improving support for care leavers –Educational progression and employment, coordination, addressing long-term challenges, and priorities for policy

Westminster Education Forum policy conference: This full-scale conference is easily accessed online for full participation

Mark Riddell, National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers, Department for Education

David Graham, National Director, Care Leavers Association
Nick Smith-Patel, Head of Education, MyBnk
Caroline Bald, University of Essex; Cllr Ray Bisby, Peterborough City Council; and former Police and Crime Commissioner, Cambridgeshire; Julie Bunn, NYCC and NAVSH; Jane Collins, Foster Support; Councillor Clare Curran, Surrey County Council; Dr Dan Hughes, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy; Cllr Neil MacDonald, Ipswich Borough Council; Hannah McCowen, Catch 22; 
Jennifer Mohammadi, Live Unlimited; Rebekah Pierre, BASW; Claire Preston, ENGIE UK; Dr Paul Shuttleworth, BASW; Julie Towers, Penna; and Nicola Turner, UCAS

Chaired by: Baroness Young of Hornsey, Co-Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers

The Challenge of Challenge
Facilitator: Jon Fayle
Friday 25th February:  9.30am-1.30pm
The course will explore the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification, along with the legal framework underpinning the IROs power and duty to challenge.
Click here for further details or here to book online