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

Should the IRO be abolished?
Community Care

https://t.co/MmjbwCebKT

The strongest response has come from the National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (NAIRO). In a statement, it said: “If accepted by government, this recommendation would remove vital independent oversight and protection from children…’

What is to be done about Children’s Advocacy?
Children & Young People Now
Carolyne Willow

https://t.co/ECSZWQM7th

Fabulous piece by Nairo patron Carolyne Willow. She, and others, speak so much sense. The @reviewCSC refuses to engage with anyone that offers any challenge or criticism.

Children’s Social Care Review Launched

This review was launched on 23.5.22. Here is a link to it.

Final Report – The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care (independent-review.uk)

Here is a helpful commentary on the report by Article 39

Care review urges major reorganisation of children’s social care – Article 39

Although it contains some proposals with which we might agree it shockingly recommends that the IRO service should be abolished and replaced by a beefed up advocacy service (pages 137 – 142) NAIRO believes this is a dangerous and unwise proposal that seriously erodes fundamental protections for children in care. It misunderstands the nature of the IRO role and how it is different from the advocacy role. A strengthened advocacy service would be greatly welcomed, but it cannot replace the IRO service. We will be campaigning strongly against abolition. Here is a link to our press release. [Click here]

The change would require primary legislation and the report suggests the government should put through “a new bill in the final session of this Parliament” following a White Paper. We will do all we can to persuade and convince our friends in and out of Parliament that this is a dangerous change, threatening the rights and welfare of children in care and should not go ahead.  If you are an IRO who is not a member of NAIRO, we suggest now is the time to join!

Join Us – National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (nairo.org.uk)

NAIRO will be holding regular zoom meetings with our members to discuss developments and ideas for our campaign.


NAIRO TRAINING – NEW EVENTS ANNOUNCED

Training for New or Aspiring IROs
– 9th September 2022 @ 9.30am–1.00pm
The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer Training for New or Aspiring IROs
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair NAIRO

The Challenge of Challenge
– 7th October 2022 @ 9.30am-1.00pm
Exploration of the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair

Training for New or Aspiring IROs
– 9th December 2022 @ 9.30am-1.00pm
The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer Training for New or Aspiring IROs
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair NAIRO

The Challenge of Challenge
– 20th January 2023 @ 9.30am-1.00pm
Exploration of the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification
Facilitator: Jon Fayle, Co-Chair


Care Review Update
Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
Click here to read an update on the work of the independent review of children’s social care.


Local Government Ombudsman recommends review of homelessness applications from 16 and 17-year-olds following failure to accommodate a child under Section 20 Children Act 1989 
Read: https://article39.org.uk/2022/02/23/childrens-rights-legal-digest-february-2022/