Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs)

IROs are experienced senior managers employed by the local authority. We work separately from social workers and all other professionals that looked-after children and their families have contact with.

We have a legal responsibility to make sure that the local authority is doing everything possible to meet the looked-after child or young person's needs. This includes making sure realistic plans are in place for the child’s future.

What we do

  • Make sure looked-after children contribute to and have a copy of their “Care Plan”.
  • Make sure people involved with the child do what they say they will do without delay.
  • Keep in touch with looked-after children in between reviews where appropriate.
  • Make sure there is adequate preparation and involvement in care planning and review processes by people important to the child.
  • Make sure the looked-after child knows about their legal rights, how to make complaints, having an advocate or independent visitor.

Contact Details

Independent Reviewing Officers - Children in Care & Care Leavers
Safeguarding & Quality Assurance Unit,
Moulsecoomb Hub South
Hodshrove Lane
Brighton, BN2 4SE

IRO Service main number: 01273 295973


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