Sector lines up against IRO abolition  

Date June 18, 2022 Last month Mithran Samuel editor at the Community Care group Community Care approached NIROMP Chair, Sharon Martin, for comment on the recommendations of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care’s final report. You can now view Mithran’s piece, along with the unedited comments submitted by NIROMP Chair.  Yesterday, Community Care published ‘Should the IRO role be abolished?’ including … Continue reading Sector lines up against IRO abolition  

Independent review of children’s social care newsletter: March 2022

Source email newsletter for subscribers of the: Independent Social Care Review Date: 30.03.22 If you know someone who might be interested in receiving news updates from the independent review of children’s social care please ask them to sign up HERE. NIROMP are a subscriber and will always do our best to circulate updates, but this … Continue reading Independent review of children’s social care newsletter: March 2022

‘Disgraceful’ Covid-19 restrictions on children in prison to end in March

Secondary legislation which allowed children in prison to be locked in cells for up to 22 hours a day at the height of the pandemic will end in March, it has been confirmed. “While the rest of the country responded to the first lockdown in 2020 by holding our children close and trying to make … Continue reading ‘Disgraceful’ Covid-19 restrictions on children in prison to end in March

Reframing Support for Families

Some good, important reads to prompt thinking about how support for families following parental separation is framed. This report by the Family Solutions Group, entitled What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation, was published in 2021 and for those of you who may not have seen it, it is an important document. It should … Continue reading Reframing Support for Families

Responding to national standards for unregulated accommodation

The National Leaving Care Benchmarking Forum (NLCBF), part of Catch22, responds to the Department for Education’s consultation on ‘Introducing new national standards for independent and semi-independent provision for looked-after children and care leavers aged 16-17’. Read full piece at source: Responding to national standards for unregulated accommodation

The campaign to #KeepCaringTo18 

The campaign to #KeepCaringTo18The campaign is running a week of action this week, with a growing number of supporters sharing messages and videos explaining why they oppose the government’s legislation, which comes into force this week, that under 16s will be entitled to placements where they receive care, but that 16- and 17-year olds will … Continue reading The campaign to #KeepCaringTo18 

Sector split on unregulated placements overhaul as under-16s ban looms

Next month, councils will be banned from placing children in care aged under 16 in unregulated placements, the first stage of a planned reform of such ‘independent’ and ‘semi-independent’ accommodation. Stage two concerns the vast majority of such placements, for those aged 16 and 17, for which the government has proposed national standards, backed up … Continue reading Sector split on unregulated placements overhaul as under-16s ban looms

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NIROMP represents IROs and managers of IROs across England. Our regional networks span the nine government area regions of England. All local authorities have a duty to appoint an IRO to every child in care. The role of the IRO is prescribed in law. Practising IROs and those who manage IROs can register interest in … Continue reading HOME

Message from the President of the Family Division: publication of the President’s Public Law Working Group report

The President has welcomed and endorsed the publication of the President’s Public Law Working Group (PLWG) report. Please follow the link below to the report and a message from the President. NIROMP chair Sharon Martin said: “This report and its recommendations have involved collaborative work as part of our joint endeavours to improve care for … Continue reading Message from the President of the Family Division: publication of the President’s Public Law Working Group report