National IRO Manager Partnership e-Magazine

The National IRO Manager Partnership has produced this free e-magazine to support the work of its members. It offers professional news; good practice highlights; reflections on topical policy matters and links to articles to support continuous professional development as a IRO.


The partnership proudly invites you to enjoy its new IRO Magazine!

National IRO Manager website background image - DfE Partnership

Designed by Ross Beard, Graphic Designer (2015) for the partnership

Link to the partnerships website for IROs here.

IROs statutory role as champions for children in care and care leavers forms the heart of this magazine and IROs are the main contributors. It offers professional news; good practice highlights; reflections on topical policy matters; comment from the national chair and vice chair, as well as links to expert articles to help you build on your practice as a IRO.

We hope this first edition succeeds by shining a light on the things that matter to Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) themselves


This magazine showcases some of what IROs are doing to meet the challenges confronting our professional endeavours – to secure better life chances for children in care and care leavers. We are always on the look-out for good practice tools and initiatives so do get in touch – let us know about what you are doing in your area to improve practice.

Click here to reach the showcase page


Resource Library and National Website

A wide collection of articles, documents and publications can be accessed in our Resource Library at our new national website via the links below!

Resource Library link


National website link


How to get involved

If you are a IRO with an article in mind for a future publication, we would love to hear from you.

To get involved, please leave a reply with your contact details below and you can also subscribe (see side-bar) to receive regular updates for FREE!

About the partnership

The partnership helps bring about improvements in legislation, policy and practice by ensuring the views and experiences of children in care and young care leavers are heard at the highest level. We have a role in contributing to government consultations on policy matters to improve practice, help make the care system better, and for ensuring that IROs are kept informed of workforce developments including research and training.

About our members

The partnership is represented by a group of senior managers who represent IRO services and the work of their regions across England. Meetings of this group are held quarterly and include two elected representatives from each of the nine regions within England.

Our Values

  • Jointly work towards achieving consistently high standards throughout IRO services in order to drive forward excellent outcomes for children and young people in care.
  • Evidence the impact of the IRO service on outcomes for children and young people in care.
  • To identify opportunities for regional collaboration in the development of improved practice through the regional representatives within this group.
  • Hold high aspirations and promote best practice.

What we do

  • Identify barriers which might inhibit best practice and propose solutions to those barriers
  • Identify and respond to opportunities for influencing policy development at national and regional level
  • Identify and participate in short Task and Finish activities on behalf of this group
  • Share information about regional and national resources or services which will improve the life experience of children in care
  • Contribute, promote and distribute news and information
  • Undertake and respond to research and consultations
  • Promote professional development

Work plan priorities

The national IRO Manager partnership are focusing on the following work plan priorities as part of this commitment to promote excellence across IRO services:

  • Developing strong stakeholder partnerships.
  • Reviewing the annual IRO report template.
  • Development of good practice standards.
  • Development of guidance regarding local dispute resolution processes.
  • Development of Transitions guidance
  • Development of a capabilities framework to support performance management, learning and continuous improvement.




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