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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.