Independent Reviewing Officers – raising the #VoicesOfChildren : Playlab Tips and Tools for practice


Creativity is a vital part of the IRO skillset. Through creative and imaginative play and interaction with children, IROs can use the review process to encourage children’s grow emotionally, socially, intellectually, and even physically.

Creative experiences help a child develop these skills and enable them to share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. Helping children express themselves through creative can make a huge difference to how a child feels about their review and how able they feel to contribute.

Coming up with ways to play creatively doesn’t have to be stressful or take a lot of time. In fact, over-structuring is the opposite of creative play.

So, the following tools are free for you to download.

Using creative communication as a trauma informed response to care planning and review:

preparation & planning for review

A range of colourful review planning tools free from NIROMP. Free for you to download:

my review

my tree of life

My feelings

raising ambitions & goal setting

celebrating achievements

appreciating each other

river of life

my support

my strengths cards