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 2022:  9.30am-1.30pm

The course will cover the following topics:

• Exploration of the element of challenge in the IRO role and its justification
• Legal framework underpinning the IROs power and duty to challenge
• Dispute resolution processes and resolving differences at an early stage
• The role of CAFCASS
• Cases that go to court
• Case examples of challenge – group discussion and exercises
• Support for IROs who challenge
• Risks to IROs of challenging and how to mitigate those risks

Click here for further details and to book online.


Barnardos Toolkit – Relevant for IROs
Criminal, Civil and Partnership Disruption Options for Perpetrators of Child and Adult Victims of Exploitation
NWG Network
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Recent Court Judgements
Please see below the recent court judgements that relate to the responsibility of local authorities in this regard and the most recent survey as to how local authorities across the country are progressing in terms of implementing this responsibility.

As of 26 November 2020, of the 3,300 looked after children and care leavers identified by the survey as eligible to apply, 1,520 applications to the EUSS had been received (46%). 980 (64%) of these applications had been decided, of which 840 (86%) had resulted in a grant of settled status and 140 (14%) in a grant of pre-settled status.

NAIRO Conference
NAIRO holds an annual national conference.  The short summary report of the 10th conference 18.03.2021 can be found here.  The full report can be seen here in the members’ area.

Our training addresses key practice issues to ensure IROs are well prepared to support young people as they navigate the variety and complexity of life.

Much of the training we have so far undertaken has been directly commissioned by individual local authorities, with a view to strengthening the capacity of IROs to challenge effectively.

If you require further details, please email

Learning and development training programme for 2022
All training will take place virtually on Zoom.  Please contact us if this would create any particular difficulty for you/your organisation.

  • New and aspiring IROs – click here for course description
  • The Challenge of Challenge – click here for course description
  • Participation and Decision making – click here for course description