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

  • Update to the information about Survey Monkey.
    There has been a very positive response to NAIRO’s recent survey to gauge the current experience of IROs see the headline results here The full survey results will be available to NAIRO members in the members area after 6.11.2020. Watch this space for the next survey which will explore the topic of the impact for family time / contact for looked after children/ young people during Covid.
  • NAIRO Webinar drop in sessions.
    This an opportunity for NAIRO members to talk with other IRO’s about current practice matters and related issues.
    12 November 2020 – 12:00 – 14:00. Book here via Eventbrite
  • Young people leaving care, practitioners and the coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic: experiences, support, and lessons for the future. See recent research here
  • The Nuffield Justice Observatory ( Nuffield FJO) is undertaking a research project with Kings College London to examine how practice around child protection conferences throughout England and Wales has been affected by COVID-19. The research team is calling for parents and professionals with experience of child protection conferences during the pandemic to take part, including, IROs. Social Workers, GPs, midwives, health visitors, police and teachers. The link is: https://www.nuffieldfjo.org.uk/news/impact-covid-19-child-protection-conferences

New additions to the members library – Research about

  • The impact of changes to contact / family time for looked after children/ young people during lock down. Click here
  • Article about the impact of Covid 19 in increasing disparities of assessment and support for kinship carers
  • Updates from Coram / BAAF Statement on Black lives matter and Guidance of family and friends care assessments during the coronavirus pandemic

Care review to be launched as soon as possible https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2020-09-24/95157

NAIRO co- ordinates multi – agency steering group to identify the difficulties and strengths of the IRO service . See 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!

Covid 19 and the IRO Service