Who we are and what we do

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 Vision and Priorities

Our work programme and call to action, is based on the key principles of securing better life chances and choices for all children and young people with care experience – constantly striving for more.

Youth Friendly Strategic Vision & Priorities

Here you fill find information about NIROMP’s major priorities.We have tried to respond to common issues raised by cre-experienced young people.

National Youth Ambassador Advisory Group

NYAAG is made up of a membership of care-experienced young people aged 16 years upwards from across the country. Advisory groups bring their valuable knowledge and expertise to support our work in partnership with other organisations.

Our Care, Our Say

OCOS came about as a result of a collaboration between: the Care Experience Conference team; The Care Leavers Association;  the National IRO Manager Partnership (NIROMP) and care experienced friends from across the wider community.


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 stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests and speaking out against continued racial injustices. Racism and racial discrimination is decades, centuries old. In 2020 racism is still killing people, destroying lives, affecting livelihoods and stopping people from breathing

Regional Networks

Our regional leads from across all nine government region areas of England, represent their region at national level. They work with government departments, acting as advisors in relation to statutory guidance, policy and practice.

Young People’s pages

This Youth Friendly Young Person’s page contains helpful information about advocacy, our Youth Friendly version of our major priorities and information about how young people can join our advisory group.


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.

Communities of Practice

We believe in the power of collaboration and share a common goal to create positive change together with the aim of ultimately improving the lives of children and young people in care and adults with care experience.

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.

IRO Resources

We are committed to achieving consistently excellent services for children and young people in our care. Feel free to download and adapt any of the resources on this page.

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. The National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers (NAIRO) is a registered charity and fee-paying membership group. It’s Trustees and chairs include people who are not practicing IROs.

Background and history

With our advice, the roles and responsibilities of the Independent Reviewing Services became embedded within the framework of the IRO Handbook, linked to revised statutory Care Planning Regulations and Guidance which was introduced in April 2011.

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.


Recent Posts

Embedding a trauma-informed approach to support staff wellbeing in children’s social care: Strategic Briefing (2021) | Research in Practice

This briefing considers what a trauma-informed approach looks like at an organisational level and why the approach is important for the organisation, the workforce and the children and families that professionals work with. Aimed at strategic leads, managers and practice supervisors. Read more at source: HERE

Care Review: panel of Experts by Experience announced

The Care Review has officially started, and now has a website. Members of the Experts by Experience group are revealed, including: Jerome Harvey-Agyei, founder of the Tope Project (and ChildFair State Sounding Board member) Angela Frazer-Wicks, Chair of Family Rights Group Judith Denton, Chair of the Black Care Experience Chloe Robinson, 17, who is in care … Continue reading Care Review: panel of Experts by Experience announced

Free event: Racial disproportionality in youth diversion | Centre for Justice Innovation

Racial disproportionality in youth diversionTuesday, 30 March 202110:30 – 12:00Free, online In his 2017 review of racial disparity in the criminal justice system, Rt Hon. David Lammy MP highlighted that racial disparity in the youth justice system was his ‘biggest concern’. You are invited to attend the online launch of the Centre for Justice Innovation’s … Continue reading Free event: Racial disproportionality in youth diversion | Centre for Justice Innovation

Dame Rachel de Souza’s first message as she begins her term as Children’s Commissioner for England | Children’s Commissioner for England

When I hand over in six years time, I want to look back at six years in which adults in power in this country have done even more for children than the post-war generation. I want to see not just a golden age of policy-making, but a golden age of delivery. That is how I … Continue reading Dame Rachel de Souza’s first message as she begins her term as Children’s Commissioner for England | Children’s Commissioner for England

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