NIROMP represents IROs and managers of IROs across England. Our regional networks span the nine government area regions of England. All local authorities have a duty to appoint an IRO to every child in care. The role of the IRO is prescribed in law.

Practising IROs and those who manage IROs can register interest in joining our Communities of Practice: HERE


A message from Sharon Martin, Chair of the National IRO Managers Partnership (NIROMP).

Strategic Priorities

See our Strategic Vision and Priorities 2019 – 2022

Youth Friendly

Here you’ll find a youth friendly version of our Strategic vision and Priorities document.

Regional Networks

We have a strong network of IRO manager groups and IRO groups operating across the nine government region areas of England.

IRO Resources

Feel free to download and adapt any of the resources on this page.

Communities of Practice

We believe in the power of connection and collaboration and share a common goal to create positive change together.

Family Proceedings

Practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance which will be of interest to anyone working in the family justice system.


NIROMP actions, learning and support resources focused on anti-racism and activism.

We are not NAIRO

NAIRO is a fee paying membership group for IROs & non IROs. It’s Trustees and chairs do not manage or lead IROs. NIROMP is not affiliated with NAIRO.

The Black Care Directory

The Black Care Directory is a Consortium of Black Owned Businesseswith Products and Services to help Foster Carers and Adopters, care for the Black Children or Young People they Foster and Adopt. 

Our Care, Our Say

A collaboration between: the Care Experience Conference team; The Care Leavers Association; the National IRO Manager Partnership (NIROMP) & the wider care experienced community.

Advocacy and for Young People

If a young person thinks that they’re not getting what they’re entitled to, or that they are not being listened to, they can ask for an advocate to help them put their views across.


We aim to keep up-to-date with the latest guidance and research relevant to practice. Head to our ‘News’ page to see our most recent posts.

Sector led improvement

This brief paper proposes increased dailogue between ADCS, LGA, Ofsted, DfE, and NIROMP, to consider how the role of IROs can be put to best effect.


A seven-part series of interviews by Sharon Martin, NIROMP Chair on IRO work to secure better outcomes for children in care. Sharon in conversation with Chris Brunstrom, IRO.

Messages from Care & the Care Sector

These messages from care and the care sector summarise the key messages that informed NIROMP’s ambitions.

Keynote to Scotland’s National Conference

Keynote speech by Sharon Martin, chair of NIROMP to Scotlands first Reviewing Officer conference.

Effective IRO Services

A guide to ensure that these statutory requirements are in place.

Library and News

Our library contains a range of articles which are free to download. However the most up-to-date articles are shared via News posts. You can subscribe to our website for email notifications of the latest news.

How a child’s IRO can make a difference

This page includes examples of how IROs can #BeTheDifference. Examples include the use of IRO challenge.

We are not NAIRO we are NIROMP

NIROMP and NAIRO are not affiliated. NAIRO’s Trustees and chairs do not hold management or leadership responsibilities for IROs and not all are practicing IROs.

Our Story

Learn more about our activities and contribution to statutory guidance and policy work.

For Parents and carers

A selection of articles and posts of interest to parents and carers.

Videos from past learning events

A selection of videos from past learning events.

RECLAIM Support Resources

A collation of resources and organisations developed by and for care experienced people.

Independent review of children’s social care

About the Independent review of children social care in England and how to get involved.


A selection of photos from our various meetings and events!

Recent Posts

NEWS: Government responds to Children’s Social Care Review

By Sharon Martin, NIROMP Chair on 2nd February 2023 The long-awaited Department for Education implementation strategy includes welcome focus on ‘Putting love, relationships and a stable home at the heart of being a child in care’ and rejection of the proposal to remove the Independent reviewing officer role. On advocacy, the DfE has said it … Continue reading NEWS: Government responds to Children’s Social Care Review

Welsh Government Basic Income Pilot for young people leaving care

Source Cascade 13th December 2022 The Welsh Government’s Basic Income Pilot gives young people leaving care the equivalent of the living wage, £1600 per month before tax, from their 18thbirthday for a two year period. The payments will be made to around 550 young people who have their 18th birthdays between July 1st 2022 and 30th June 2023. Limiting the … Continue reading Welsh Government Basic Income Pilot for young people leaving care

Safeguarding Pressures Phase 8

Source ADCS 14th December 2022 The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has released the second part of its Safeguarding Pressures Phase 8, reporting an increase in safeguarding activity in all local authorities over the past two years, including a significant increase in section 47 enquiries although fewer are converting to initial child protection … Continue reading Safeguarding Pressures Phase 8

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2021

Source Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Published 15 December 2022 The @CSPR_Panel has published its 3rd annual report on serious child safeguarding incidents occurring between 1 January & 31 December 2021. It sets out patterns in practice for national government & local safeguarding partners to better protect vulnerable children. Read the full report at source: … Continue reading Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2021

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