NAIRO 10th Annual Conference – Bookings Now Open!

Bookings are now open for NAIRO’s 10th Annual Conference
18th March 2021
9.30am – 1.30pm

Nairo’s 10th conference will provide an opportunity for IROs and other professionals to consider the impact of Covid on social work practice and the lives of Looked After Children and Young People. The opportunities to improve services for children in care, particularly in the light of the Government’s intention to conduct a review of the care system will also be considered.

For further details on the invited speakers, please see flyer here

Tickets cost £15 for NAIRO members and £55 for non-members

To book your tickets, click on the eventbrite link here 

Because of the pandemic, this will be a virtual conference, hosted on Zoom. If you have any queries relating to accessing the event on zoom, please email us at

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.

Learning and development training programme for 2021

All training will take place virtually on Zoom.

Please let us know if this would create any particular difficulty for you in your organisation by contacting us at

  • 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


Friday 26 February
New and Aspiring IROs
9.30- 1.30
Facilitator Jon Fayle Co Chair Nairo
Click here to book


Friday 26 March
The Challenge of Challenge
9.30- 1.30
Facilitator Jon Fayle Co Chair
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Thursday 20 May
Participation and Decision making
1pm- 3pm
Facilitator Dr Clive Diaz
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Thursday 10 June
Participation and Decision making
10.00- 12.00
Facilitator Dr Clive Diaz
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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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