Independent Reviewing Officers body set up to strengthen role

Independent reviewing officers are being invited to join a new association to strengthen recognition of their role.

The body, organised by children’s charity TACT, aims to influence the legal and policy framework for IROs and the review process at a local and national level. It will also develop a code of practice for IROs and offer training.

Jon Fayle, consultant for TACT, said the association would provide a “national voice” for the estimated 1,000 IROs in England.

The move follows reforms to strengthen the role of IROs in monitoring arrangements for looked-after under the Children and Young Persons Act 2008.

The first meeting of the association will take place in London on March 6. Contact for details.

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