Strategic Briefing: Independent Reviewing Officers

Independent Reviewing OfficersOur director, Shefali Shah, recently contributed to Research In Practice’s latest Strategic Briefing: Independent Reviewing Officers.

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.

Purchase this briefing on the Research In Practice website.

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