NAIRO holds an annual national conference.

The report of the 9th conference 17.10.2019:

Children and Young people matter – What works best?  The Critical contribution of the IRO can be found here

The full report can be seen here in the members’ area

Due to the impact of Covid 19 the National Conference that was scheduled for the Autumn of 2020 has now been postponed until 18.3.2021.


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.

The current offer for face to face training includes

  • New and aspiring IROs – click here for course description
  • The Challenge of Challenge – click here for course description
  • The participation of children and young people in reviews

We are in the process of developing our training offer and would be happy to hear about the training needs of your LA- contact page.

Thanks to all of you who responded to the letter about NAIRO’s training provision. We will take your interests into account as we are planning to delivery our training programmes on a virtual basis in the New Year.

Training and events of other organisations that are relevant for IRO’s

Forthcoming conferences by the Westminster Forum that are of relevance for IROs

(1 )Priorities for children’s mental health – learning from the pandemic, holistic and intersectional approaches, support in schools, and service recovery and preparing for the future

Morning, Wednesday, 2nd December 2020

with –Dr Prathiba Chitsabesan, Associate National Clinical Director, Children and Young People’s Mental Health, NHS England Wendy Ghaffar HMI, Specialist Adviser, Cross Remit Safeguarding, Social Policy, Ofsted and Sally Amor, NHS Highland; Dr Arnon Bentovim, Child and Family Psychiatrist and Child and Family Training; Dr Jasmine Chin, Coram; Dr Bernadka Dubicka, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Dr Julie Greer, Cherbourg Primary School, Hampshire and Wellbeing for Education Return; Alun Ebenezer, The Fulham Boys School; Gavin Freeguard, Institute for Government; Renuka Jeyarajah-Dent, Coram; Nick Harrop, YoungMinds; Catherine Roche, Place2Be; Sally Thomas, National Education Union; and Brian Walton, Brookside Academy, Somerset.
Chaired by:Baroness Doreen Massey of Darwen James Sunderland MP

( 2 )Improving provision for care leavers – education, employment and wellbeing, key policy commitments, and support through the pandemic and into the future

Morning, Wednesday, 24th February 2021

with Mark Riddell, National Implementation Advisor for Care Leavers, Department for Education Matthew Brazier, Specialist Advisor for Looked After Children, Ofsted Mark Rogers, Chair, Care Leavers Covenant Advisory Board and Director General – Children, Young People, Education and Skills, The States of Jersey Rebecca Rees, Procurement Partner, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and Co-Author, HACT Social Value Toolkit and Patricia Ambrose, National Network for the Education of Care Leavers; Beaulah Chizimba, West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Ipswich & East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group; Mark Douglas, Bradford Council; Penny Earney, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group; Cllr Jemima Laing, Plymouth City Council; Amber Orsborn-Smith, Nacro; Victoria Pogge von Strandmann, Simpson Millar; Claire Preston, ENGIE; and Maria Tottle, University of Bristol.
Chaired by: Dr Lisa Cameron MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for DisabilitySteve McCabe MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leaversforum

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