Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs)

Children’s Services have a number of legal duties towards children they are “looking after” - whether these children are in accommodation with the consent of their parents, or in care following a Court Order. As well as general duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of the child, and make written plans in consultation with their parents and family, Children’s Services must hold regular meetings to review the care plan and the child’s progress generally.

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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