Launch of the Public Law Working Group’s Final Report 

Practitioners and professionals working in the English and Welsh family justice systems are invited to join a free online event to mark the publication of the final report of the President of the Family Division’s Public Law Working Group (PLWG).

The event will be held via Zoom, 10.30am – 12pm on Tuesday 9 March 2021.


10.30am – Welcome and scene setting – Jenny Coles, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)

10.40am – Keynote speech (1) – Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division

10.55am – Keynote speech (2) – Mr Justice Keehan, Chair of the PLWG

11.10am – Panel discussion chaired by Jenny Coles:

  • Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division 
  • Mr Justice Keehan, Chair of the PLWG
  • Jacky Tiotto, Chief Executive, Cafcass 
  • Nigel Brown, Chief Executive Cafcass Cymru 
  • Helen Lincoln, Director of Children’s Services, Essex County Council
  • Sally-Ann Jenkins, Head of Children’s and Families Services, Newport City Council
  • Yvette Stanley, National Director, Early Years Regulation & Social Care, Ofsted
  • Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for England (Children and Families). 

11.55am – Closing remarks, Jenny Coles

12pm – Event ends.

Booking form –

The closing date for bookings is lunchtime on Friday 5 March. A link to the report will be shared with registered delegates as part of the joining instructions.

Family Justice Council Seminars and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture

 Adoption in the 21st Century

 Monday 1st to Thursday 4th March 2021

5.00pm to 6.30pm

To be hosted on MS Teams

 The Family Justice Council invites you to attend its forthcoming series of seminars and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture on adoption in the 21st century.

These online seminars will replace the Council’s interdisciplinary conference (originally planned for March 2020) and will take place during the week commencing 1 March.

The final session will be dedicated to the annual Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture.

For further details: Web:

Invite to free event: Last Speech of the current Children’s Commissioner 
Date: Wednesday 17 February 2021
Time: 10:30am
Where: Online webinar Find out more and sign up

Anne Longfield’s tenure as Children’s Commissioner for England ends at the end of February 2021. You are invited to attend her last speech as Children’s Commissioner, where she will argue that children should be at the heart of the country’s efforts to rebuild following the Covid-19 crisis.

After an unprecedented year in which most children have missed half a year of school, and many children in the most disadvantaged areas significantly more, the Commissioner will argue that our efforts to rebuild need to include tackling long-standing failures in the way we support children and their families.

Presenting new analysis of the links between children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities, children receiving Free School Meals and children open to social work, the speech will highlight the millions of children who are being left behind in England. The speech will also reflect on Anne’s six years as Children’s Commissioner making the case for these children within Government, and argue why the Commissioner believes Government has failed to understand or respond to these children, as well as what needs to be done for this to change.

The speech will be followed by two responses, each on the topic of England’s left behind children and their families, from the Rt. Hon Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, and Baroness Dame Louise Casey.

We hope you are able to join us. If you have any questions please contact events.occ@childrenscommissioner

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
Click here to book


Thursday 20 May
Participation and Decision making
1pm- 3pm
Facilitator Dr Clive Diaz
Click here to book


Thursday 10 June
Participation and Decision making
10.00- 12.00
Facilitator Dr Clive Diaz
Click here to book

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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