document INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | Care Planning and the Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer: Research Briefing ABSTRACT, University of East Anglia, October 2014

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UEA 14 IRO research ABSTRACT OCT 14.docx

This abstract provides details of research which investigated current practice in care planning and the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO).

default INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | Children on Independent Reviewing Officers, Children's Rights Director, 2011

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CRD 11 Children on Independent Reviewing Officers 2011.pdf

This report outlines children's views on their experience of Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO), professionals working with children in care in addition to their social workers. Each child in care should have an IRO. Their role is to check that the council is doing what it should be doing for the child while they are in care, to go to all the child’s reviews and to make sure they are done properly, to check on the child’s care plan, and to make sure the council takes proper notice of the child’s wishes and feelings.

default INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) report, A National Voice, 2010

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ANV 08 ABSTRACT IRO Survey Report Spring 2008.pdf

This abstract provides details of a report which outlines young people's views on Independent Reviewing Officers and what, if anything could be done to improve the role.

default INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | Independent Reviewing Officers: Taking up the Challenge? Ofsted, June 2013

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OFS 13 Independent reviewing offices taking up the challenge JUN 13.pdf

Local authority independent reviewing officers (IRO), who are responsible for reviewing the cases of children in care, have not acted with sufficient speed to take on additional responsibilities according to a report by Ofsted.

pdf INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | Ten important things to know about Independent Reviewing Officers, Children's Rights Director

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CRD ND 10 important things to know about IROs.pdf

Ten important things children and young people should know about Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) who chair LAC reviews in England.

pdf INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | The role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) in England Final Report, National Children's Bureau, March 2014

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NCB 14 The role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) in England Final Report NCB MAR 14.pdf

The aim of this study is to provide an evidence base about the way the role of the IRO operates in order to inform future policy and practice.

The research involved: national surveys of IROs, their managers and Directors of Children Services (DCSs); analysis of inquiries from IROs to independent advice services; an analysis of resources need for the IRO service; case studies of four local authorities, including analysis of care plans, interviews and focus groups with IROs, social workers, other key professionals and looked after children. 

It demonstrates two things. First, it is essential that IROs are given proper status and resources within local authorities. Second, they must use their unique position to fight the corner of the children for whom they are responsible.

default INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | The role of Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) in England: Findings from a national survey, National Children's Bureau, August 2013

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NCB 13 The role of IROs in England AUG 13.pdf

This research found that IROs often struggle to maintain ongoing scrutiny of how a child’s care plan is implemented. Only half (49 per cent) said they were always or often able to continually monitor the care given to looked-after children, and 58 per cent said they rarely or never received relevant court papers about children they were supervising.

pdf INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS | Young People's guide to the Independent Reviewing Officers' handbook, Children's Rights Director

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DfE ND YP guide to the IRO handbook.pdf

This guide outlines the role played by Independent Reviewing Officers (IRO) who chair reviews for children living in children's homes or foster care in England.

pdf INDEPENDENT VISITORS | Independent Visitors, Children's Rights Director, 2012

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CRD 12 Independent visitors 2012.pdf

This is the first report by the Children's Rights Director which details children and young people's views and experiences of having an Independent Visitor to work with them. This is a statutory, volunteer role. Overall, children value and want Independent Visitors as advisers and adults to discuss issues with but do not see them as befrienders who are needed when there is little family contact (the legal basis for allocating one to a child), nor as especially needed to take them out (the most common activity).
 

pdf INDEPENDENT VISITORS | Someone just for me... Independent visitors: the benefits for looked after children and young people, NSPCC, 2010

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NSPCC-10 Someone just for me Independent Visitors the benefits for looked after children and young people.pdf

This NSPCC policy and practice briefing evaluates the benefits of two independent visiting projects delivered by the NSPCC in the Western and Northern Health and Social Care Trusts. The paper examines the projects from a young person's perspective.