What is the IRO handbook?

What is the IRO handbook?

IRO Handbook Statutory guidance for independent reviewing officers and local authorities on their functions in relation to case management and review for looked after children.

How do you become an independent reviewing officer?

The law allows only certain people to become your independent reviewing officer (IRO).

  1. IROs must be experienced social workers;
  2. They must be separate from your social worker and your social worker’s manager;
  3. They can’t be your personal adviser;
  4. They can’t have any power over paying for your care.

What is the purpose of an independent reviewing officer?

The independent reviewing officer’s role is to: Monitor the care the child is getting when they are looked after. This includes making sure the child’s care plan meets their child’s current needs. And making sure decisions following the child’s review are put into action.

Is an iro a social worker?

The role of the independent reviewing officer (IRO), a social worker who scrutinises local authority care plans to ensure they serve children’s best interests, came into existence back in 2004.

What qualifications do you need to be an IRO?

Essential Criteria: Educational achievements, Qualifications, Training and Knowledge: Diploma in Social Work or equivalent Social Work qualification. Health Care Professions Council Registered. statutory agency.

What is a child looked after review?

A looked-after child review (LAC review) is a statutory meeting that brings together key people and professionals who are closely concerned with the care of the child. It’s an opportunity to review the child’s care plan, discuss the child’s progress and make plans for the future.

What makes a good Iro?

The IRO should make sure that your care plan includes an up to date assessment of your needs for being healthy; staying safe; achieving and learning; doing helpful things; and, having enough to live on. This should take account of any disability or different cultural needs you have including diet, language or religion.

What powers does an IRO have?

Information you should be given at review The IRO has to give you information about your right to challenge the local authority where you disagree with what they are trying to do for you. They must explain to you about taking your own case to court, talking to an advocate or making a complaint.

What is a looked after child UK?

A child who has been in the care of their local authority for more than 24 hours is known as a looked after child. Looked after children are also often referred to as children in care, a term which many children and young people prefer.

How much does an IRO earn?

The average iro salary in the United Kingdom is £56,836 per year or £29.15 per hour. Entry level positions start at £45,427 per year while most experienced workers make up to £78,000 per year.

How often are looked after child reviews?

If you continue to be a looked after child, a second review meeting should take place no more than three months after that. Afterwards, reviews should be held every six months.

What is Section 20 of the Children’s Act?

What is a Section 20? Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 sets out how a Local Authority can provide accommodation for a child within their area if that child needs it, due to the child being lost/abandoned or there is no person with parental responsibility for that child.

What is young people’s Guide to the Independent reviewing officers (IROs) Handbook?

YOUNG PEOPLE’S GUIDE TO THE INDEPENDENT REVIEWING OFFICERS’ HANDBOOK This Guide was written by the Office of the Children’s Rights Director and approved by the Department for Education What is this Guide about? It is all about Independent Reviewing Officers(known as “IROs”).

What is an independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)?

It is all about Independent Reviewing Officers (known as “IROs”). They are the people who chair reviews for children living in children’s homes or foster care (sometimes called “looked after” or “in care”). They have an important role in deciding what happens in your future.

What replaced the 2004 guidance ‘Independent reviewing officers guidance’?

This document replaces the 2004 guidance ‘Independent reviewing officers guidance: Adoption and Children Act 2002’.

What information should the IRO provide to the local authority legal adviser?

The IRO should provide the Local Authority legal adviser with the name of the IRO and with his/her contact details; and The Children’s Guardian should be advised of each review meeting and invited, where appropriate; The Local Authority legal adviser and the Children’s Guardian should receive a copy of each review record.