The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer
The Role of the IRO
The statutory duties of the Independent Reviewing Officer are to:
- monitor the local authority’s performance of their functions in relation to the child’s case
- participate in any review of the child’s case
- ensure that any ascertained wishes and feelings of the child concerning the case are given due consideration by the appropriate authority
- perform any other function which is prescribed in regulations.
With specific responsibilities which include:
- promoting the voice of the child
- ensuring that plans for looked after children are based on a detailed and informed assessment, are up-to-date, effective and provide a real and genuine response to each child’s needs
- identifying any gaps in the assessment process or provision of service
- making sure that the child understands how an advocate could help and his/her entitlement to one
- offering a safeguard to prevent any ‘drift’ in care planning for looked after children and the delivery of services to them
- monitoring the activity of the responsible authority as a corporate parent in ensuring that care plans have given proper consideration and weight to the child’s wishes and feelings and that, where appropriate, the child fully understands the implications of any changes made to his/her care plan.