The role of the independent reviewing officer in improving care planning
Local authorities are required to appoint Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) to have independent oversight of the way that looked after children are being cared for. New guidance has been in operation since April 2011 in an attempt to strengthen the existing arrangements, but some have called for more radical reform. The aim of this study is to develop an evidence base about the implementation, effectiveness and costs of the IRO role, in order to inform policy and practice.
The research will involve a national online survey of IROs and IRO managers and a survey of all Directors of Children's Services. Data from Ofsted, DfE and Cafcass will also be incorporated into the analysis. Qualitative research will be carrieid out in four local authorities, including interviews with key stakeholders and looked after children; focus groups with IROs and social workers, and analysis of a sample of care plans. A analysis will be undertaken of the costs associated with the IRO service.
- Explaining a sex chromosome abnormality to children
- Working with families of children placed away from home
- Paying for quality childcare
- Well-being of children: Early influences
- Donor conception: developing resources and practice guidance
- Public views on child support
- Interviewing children who are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse