Daiga Ellaby

Independent reviewing officers

You may come across IROs – they are our Independent Reviewing Officers. They are the people who chair reviews for children living in children’s homes or foster care (sometimes called ‘looked after’ or ‘in care’). 

Their role is to decide what happens for a child’s future.  The ‘young people’s guide to the independent reviewing officers’ handbook’ has been developed by the government to help young people understand: 

  • What should happen in the reviews, 
  • How certain decisions should be made, and
  • What IROs do 

More information

You can read the Department for Education young people's guide to IRO here.

We've also produced a young person's guide below, simply download the pdf below.


“Excellent team work taken place between YOS/16+; it has shown that when we work together it can definitely help our young people and make the difference.” 

Intervention worker in YOS

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