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Dispensing with Independent Reviewing Officers would put vulnerable children at risk

Nagalro objects to proposal in foster care review

The Department for Education's review of foster care in England, conducted by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers and published on 6th February 2018, recommends that the role of Independent Reviewing Officers for children in care should be dispensed with. Nagalro, whose members work with children in the Family Court and care system every day, strongly believes that such a move would put vulnerable children at real risk.

Acting Chair of Nagalro, Sukhchandan Kaur, whilst acknowledging that the system of IROs was not perfect, believes that it is crucial that children in care have a named professional, responsible for making their voice heard and ensuring that their care plans remain in their interest and are implemented. She said that 'it needs to be better resourced and strengthened to protect the most vulnerable children in our society'.

for the full response by Nagalro, click here.