Independent Reviewing Officers

This service is responsible for chairing reviews for all looked after children and ensuring they have a Care Plan and that the Plan is quality assured and right for the child or young person. All looked after children (for the duration they are legally looked after) will have an allocated Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) and be able to contact them and know who they are.

Who is an Independent Reviewing Officer?

  • a registered Social Work Professional, independent of the case or line management, who chairs Looked After Child Reviews in accordance with the IRO Handbook
  • primary focus is to quality assure the care planning and review process for each child and to ensure that his/her current wishes and feelings are given full consideration
  • subjects the Local Authority's Care Plan to scrutiny and robust challenge where necessary
  • engages meaningfully with Looked after Children and strive to remain child-centred throughout