This is a reported case from a Circuit Judge, so not binding, but very interesting. Effectively the IRO backed a plan of adoption based in part on abysmal home conditions, but had not been told by the social worker of dramatic improvements.
17. The IRO Handbook places a high burden on social workers to ensure that the IRO for any child is continuously equipped with information that is needed for the function of the IRO to be carried out effectively. It is the court’s view that this case emphasises the need for social workers, on the ground, to ensure that all relevant and up to date information is passed to Independent Reviewing Officers to ensure they are fully informed and able to perform their role.