Review of Children’s Residential Care

The government has commissioned Sir Martin Narey, former Head of the Prison and Probation Services in England and Wales and CEO of children’s charity Barnardo’s, to undertake an independent review of children’s residential care.

Announcing the review at Prime Minister’s questions, the Prime Minister said:

“We need to make sure that our residential care homes are doing the best possible job they can.

That is why I can announce that I have asked the former Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Sir Martin Narey, to conduct an independent review of children’s residential care, reporting to the Education Secretary and myself, so we can take every possible step to make sure these children get the best start in life.”

Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, said:

“I am crystal clear that only the very best should be acceptable for children and young people in care.

I want to shine a spotlight on what works, identify barriers to success and end those practices that are holding these children back them from a life full of opportunity.

It is our moral duty to create a care system where all children have access to high-quality care that meets their specific needs. I am confident that Sir Martin’s review will help make this ambition a reality.”

Closing date for submissions to the review is 31 December 2015 at 5:00pm. The National IRO Manager Partnership is gathering IRO comments as part of its national response.


Sir Martin would like any evidence about:

  • the types of residential care currently provided
  • what improvements could be made
  • whether there are better alternatives for some children

Document links

Children’s residential care review: Independent call for evidence

A review of children’s residential care: terms of reference

Government Press Release: Children’s residential care review to transform lives

Press publications

BBC | 28th October 2015 PM launches ‘root and branch’ review of children’s homes

Children & Young People Now | 28th October 2015 Cameron announces review of children’s residential care system 

Community Care | 28th October 2015 Martin Narey to lead review into residential care for children

Family Law Week | 30th October 2015 Independent review of children’s residential care announced

Guardian | 3rd November 2015 Why it’s time for new ideas on children’s residential care – Martin Narey

The National IRO Manager Partnership (NIROMP) Response

snappa-1446895185Leads covering the nine regions of England will be gathering views during November to ensure a coordinated NIROMP response.

IRO Managers should please submit comments to their Regional Leads.

Contact details for Regional Leads:

North East | North West | East Midlands | West Midlands | Yorkshire and Humber | Eastern | Greater London | South East | South West

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