About this briefing
The Children and Families Act 2014, a number of recent research projects and Serious Case Review (SCR) evidence all highlight themes that have implications for Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) services.
This briefing explores the progress made to implement key messages from research in the increasingly uncertain and complex operation context. It sets out key elements needed to grow increasingly effective IRO services and:
- summarises key messages from the most
up-to-date research about IRO services
- draws attention to the skills and
experience required in order to ensure
the needs and wishes of children and
young people are taken into account
throughout the care planning process
- highlights areas of good practice and
areas of innovation and improvement
- reports on work undertaken by the National
IRO Manager Partnership (NIROMP).
This briefing supports a growing view that IRO services cannot be seen in isolation. Evaluation of IRO services must be seen through the lens of a whole-system perspective.
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