Overarching vision, aims and work plan priorities


To build on models of best practice, to improve outcomes for children looked after and care leavers.

The National IRO Partnership are committed to creating an excellent Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) system. Every child in care should expect the best possible service from their IRO.

The aims of the partnership are:-

  • 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.

And we have the following objectives:-

  • To hold high aspirations and promote best practice
  • To identify barriers which might inhibit best practice and propose solutions to those barriers
  • To identify and respond to opportunities for influencing policy development at national and regional level
  • To identify and participate in short Task and Finish activities on behalf of this group
  • To share information about regional and national resources or services which will improve the life experience of children in care
  • To contribute, promote and distribute news and information
  • To undertake and respond to research and consultations
  • To promote professional development

Work plan priorities

The partnership is focusing on the following work plan priorities as part of this commitment to promote excellence across IRO services:

  • Developing strong stakeholder partnerships.
  • Reviewing the annual IRO report template.
  • Development of good practice standards.
  • Development of Transitions guidance
  • Development of guidance regarding local dispute resolution processes.
  • Development of a capabilities framework to support performance management, learning and continuous improvement.

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