About our members

The partnership is represented by a group of elected senior managers who represent IROs and IRO services and the work of their regions across England. Meetings of this group are held quarterly and include two elected representatives from each of the nine regions within England. 

The aims of the partnership are to:

  • Jointly work to achieve consistently high standards throughout IRO services; to drive forward excellent outcomes for children and young people in care.
  • Evidence the impact of the IRO service on outcomes for children and young people in care.
  • Build on opportunities for regional collaboration in order to develop and improve practice with support of the regional leads.

Workforce development – our pledge

The partnership continues to provide support and professional development of IROs and IRO services – identifying common training needs and supporting how these can best be met. Membership for IROs is free and our conferences and events are provided at minimal or no cost. We can also assist with peer review, mentoring and support.

How the partnership came into being

The partnership formed originally in 2004 as a ‘working group’ made up of IRO Managers who were representatives from the Government regional areas across England, to work with the Department for Education (DfE) on ‘IRO guidance’ for The Adoption and Children Act 2002. 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.

The managers group continues to work directly with government, acting as advisors in relation to guidance, policy and practice; and sharing regional and national information in relation to care planning and outcomes for children and young people in care and care leavers.

The partnership meets in London four times a year, and we are grateful to the DfE for hosting our meetings.

Covering each of the nine regions of England, NIROMP has a well organised programme of regional meetings / events with and for IROs.

More about the work of the regions: Contact Us

General enquiries: here

Ensuring the child’s views are taken into account: Care Proceedings: Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)

More about the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO): here 

National & Regional updates: here

Key guidance and more about the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO): Independent reviewing officers’ handbook

Young persons version of key guidance: Young People’s Guide to the Independent Reviewing Officers’ Handbook

Facilitating an effective IRO service: Local authority responsibilities

Independent Reviewing Officers: Strategic Briefing (2015)

Message from the Chair: here

Purpose and limitations of this website

This site is self-hosted and not equipped to deal with any individual legal, emergency, criminal, mental health, safeguarding, or protection issues or advice of any kind. 

Purpose of the site is to provide useful articles for informational and interest purposes only.

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